Child dies in juvenile custody from suspected meningitis.

The Florida Department of health in investigating the death of a child at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center.

Officials said it is suspected the child died from meningococcal disease while at the center and is considered to be a very serious infection of the membranes around the brain.

"We are working closely with officials at the Brevard Juvenile Detention Center to determine all close contacts of this child and provide preventive medication to those who may be impacted," said Dr. Heidar Heshmati, the Department of Health Brevard director. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of this child."

Officials said they have provided information to parents of the other children at the detention center, as well as parents at a group home where the child also spent time.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting and a skin rash. People should seek medical attention immediately if their child becomes ill with any of these symptoms. Vaccines that protect against most types of meningococcal disease are routinely recommended for adolescents beginning at 11-12 years of age. 

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