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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - An infant died over the weekend from meningitis.  It's the second case reported recently in Lowndes County.

Today, The South Health District confirmed two cases of Meningococcal Meningitis, a rare bacterial illness.

The first patient, A twenty-four-year-old woman, was treated and released from South Georgia Medical Center earlier this month.

Yesterday, a baby died in a hospital before treatment could be given. Officials do not believe these cases are related.

"We think that these are two isolated cases," says Dr. Lynne Feldman, District Health Director.  "We've done a full investigation on both of these, and have not found any common contacts or any links where they could have been exposed to each other."

Officials recommend that children receive the meningitis vaccine--particularly those between the ages of 11 and 18.   Teenagers and college students who live in dormitories has an increased risk of getting the disease.

The Lowndes County Health Department offers the vaccination for $109. Children 18 years and younger may be eligible for Vaccines for Children--these vaccinations cost just $10.  For more information, visit   www.southhealthdistrict.com

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