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Infant Death MAY have been from Meningitis

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By AP

Tulsa, OK – Meningitis may have killed 4-month-old Okla. boy

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Health officials are trying to determine if the death of a 4-month-old Pawnee County boy and the illness of a Tulsa elementary school student are from bacterial meningitis.

Officials say the cases aren't related, and meningitis hasn't been confirmed.

Blossom Child Care Center owner Celeste Hacker says an infant who attended the Sand Springs day care died on Sunday. Hacker declined to identify the baby.

The other case is an unconfirmed diagnosis in a Jefferson Elementary School student.

Principal Kim Wilson says the child's parents informed school officials over the weekend, and letters were sent to parents of the other students.

Meningitis is the inflammation of membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Tulsa City-County Health Department spokeswoman Alicia Plati says meningitis can't be transmitted through casual contact.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.