7/17/14 – 5:34 A.M.
Wood County health officials are trying to put residents at ease after rumors about meningitis started spreading over social media. The Courier reports an Elmwood girl died from a sudden illness recently, leading some to incorrectly believe meningitis was the reason. The Wood County Health Department says the highly contagious bacterium was ruled out Tuesday afternoon.
Viral meningitis has not been eliminated as a possibility, but it is rarely contagious. Health officials don’t believe meningitis of any type killed the girl.
In the meantime the village of Elmwood is reeling following the loss of a young life. Elmwood schools superintendent Tony Borton emailed the Review-Times to give an update on services being made available. Borton said a community vigil took place at the high school softball diamond to honor Mackenzie Shaffer. She was a seventh-grader in the school system.
Grief counselors will be on hand at the school from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. until noon tomorrow.
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