West Gadsden student dead after bout with meningitis

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By Angye Morrison

A tenth grade student at West Gadsden High School died Sunday after being hospitalized with cryptococcal meningitis.

Sixteen-year-old Christopher Grande was hospitalized with the illness, according to Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James.  Grande was infected with cryptococcal meningitis, a form of meningitis that is not spread from person to person and does not require the treatment of close contacts, according to a press release from the Gadsden County Health Department. The illness is acquired by inhaling airborne fungal spores.

“The tragedy of losing a child in our close-knit community is both heartwrenching and sobering. We ask that our community be supportive and respectful of the student’s family in their time of mourning,” said James.

A graveside service will be held held Tuesday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy at 3:30 p.m. Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, located behind the Quincy Police Department.

Look for more details in this week's issue of The Gadsden County Times.