California’s Orange County parents warned about potentially deadly disease

March 30, 2013 CALIFORNIAHealth officials in Orange County are warning parents about an outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcal disease tied to Tijuana. Back in February, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Dobrow, of Huntington Beach, awoke with a bad headache and couldn’t get out of bed. She began to vomit and had diarrhea. Her mother then saw what looked like bruising spreading throughout Kaitlyn’s body just below her skin. They rushed her to an area hospital that day, Kaitlyn was eventually transferred to the UC Irvine Medical Center, where she has been ever since. The two most common types of the infection result in meningitis, an infection of the spinal cord and brain, and meningococcemia, an infection of the bloodstream. Teens and young adults are particularly susceptible to becoming infected. Because of this disease, Kaitlyn has had to have all four of her limbs amputated. She has gone through nine surgeries, and doctors believe more are to come. Health officials want parents to be aware of the deadly disease, which is easily preventable by vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children be vaccinated for the first time at age 11 or 12, followed by a booster at age 16. The vaccine protects against four strains, including the type linked to at least five deaths in Tijuana. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headaches, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and confusion. These infections can cause hearing loss, learning problems, brain damage, loss of a limb, or death. About 1 in 10 people with meningococcal disease will die from it even if treated appropriately. The bacteria is spread through the exchange of bodily fluids and secretions — which can happen when people live in close contact or through kissing. The CDC says that older teens who were not vaccinated should get the shot as soon as possible, especially if they are about to move into a college dorm. –KTLA 5
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6 Responses to California’s Orange County parents warned about potentially deadly disease

  1. bobby90247 says:

    Can you imagine? “Eighteen years old” W/NO LIMBS? OMG! This is horrible!!!

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  2. Yet, given this and the outbreak of medicine resistant TB in Los Angeles, the Feds don’t believe that we need to close our southern border? The unstemmed flood of illigals coming in from Mexico has been a major social and security threat to the United States and now it is becoming a health threat also. The Federal government needs to stop playing politics with this issue and secure our southern border now!

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  3. Irene C says:

    What a horrible disease, especially for our youth. I can’t imagine losing all of your limbs at such a young age. So sad. And I agree, this is just another reason why we need to secure our border.

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  4. So, is this a ‘super bug’ of sorts? It is sounding like it. MRSA often leaves bruises at the end of the healing process.

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  5. coyote's bro says:

    To think that the U.S. Border Patrol is not doing all it can to check any and all coming in to the United States from the southern border is a falsehood. Yes, people who are sick MIGHT make it into the country, but most who do cross are far more robust and mentally strong to survive the rigors of coming here without permission, I know there’s middle to upper-class people in the USA who take full advantage of the illegal Spanish-speakers, some wealthy corporation “labor scouts” have paid to get them inside. If there’s anything close to slavery in the USA its the hard working low paid illegals working essentially for some basics and a few beers. If Mexico’s economy were stronger (remember NAFTA?) many people would leave or never cross in the first place, Mexico is a mess for many of its once farmers/ranchers now forced off the land.

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  6. the meningitis immunization shot currently required for college was not covered by our insurance and was $100.00 for one shot. The chances are very low your child is going to get this but it is required for college and who wants to be the low statistic. We watched some kind of virile outbreak move through central NY in the Fall that made an itchy red spotted painful appearance that lasted for weeks. It had the doctors stumped. It made me think of meningitis because of the painful bruising in the skin but nothing like what this poor girl has gone through.

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