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Mother stakes out school to warn parents about meningitis one day after her daughter's death

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:50:42 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 09:06:57 PM CDT
Misty mom hugged
REDDING, Calif. -

According to mother Lisa Larkins, Doctors told her that her daughter Misty Kiser, 13, had died from meningitis.  Kiser passed away Thursday morning.  The 7th grader had attended Shasta Lake School.

However on Friday officials from Shasta County Public Health say that lab staff and experts have determined that the suspected case of meningococcal meningitis being investigated in the county was not a meningococcal disease of any kind.

Larkins said Misty first complained of pain on Saturday (August 24) after her 13th birthday party at a roller skating rink.  She didn't go to school on Monday, but started feeling better on Tuesday so she went back to school.

But the symptoms only got worse.   Her back and neck were hurting, she had purple rash on top of her head that spread.  Her mother brought her to the Shasta Community Health Center.

Larkins says a nurse provided care, but didn't properly recognize her symptoms.  Misty went home and woke up early Thursday, saying she couldn't breathe.  She died that morning at the hospital.

What Kiser died from is still being investigated, health officials hope to have more answers by Tuesday.

Boyd Rogers, a second grade student, died from meningitis in May.
 
Kiser's mother and Rogers' parents were at Shasta Lake School Friday morning to warn other parents about meningitis and share their concerns with school officials.

Rogers' father held up a poster that said "my son died from meningococcal
at SLS (Shasta Lake School)"

The school held a meeting with parents Friday morning to answer parents' questions.  The media was not allowed access to the meeting.  Our reporter was asked to remain outside the school on the sidewalk.

Shasta Lake School held a public forum Friday at 4 p.m..  Public health officials will be there to answer parents' questions.