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Two Children Tested for Lethal Form of Meningitis

Two San Fernando Valley children may have contracted the deadly disease that recently killed two girls in Orange County but tests so far are inconclusive, officials of Valley Presbyterian Hospital said Friday.

An 8-year-old Sun Valley girl and a 20-month-old Van Nuys boy were admitted to the hospital earlier this week with symptoms associated with meningococcemia, a rare and potentially lethal form of meningitis.

Dr. Peter Liu, who is caring for the children, said they are both in “stable, good” condition.

Lab cultures for the bacteria came back negative, but “the results of the tests can take several days, " he said. The children have been receiving antibiotics and appear to be recovering, Liu said, adding that their infection is no longer contagious.

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