Unconfirmed reports from reliable sources have told the Rockland County Times a 14-year-old girl from North Rockland is currently recovering from viral meningitis.

The timing is noticable as a 12-year-old Spring Valley girl, Chrissy Gabriel, who attended grade school at St. Gregory Barbarigo in North Rockland, passed away on Saturday from bacterial meningitis.

There is no assumed link between cases of bacterial and viral and bacterial is generally far more dangerous. Experts said viral cases are more common than bacterial and generally do not cause outbreaks. There are several cases of viral meningitis annually in Rockland.

More on this story as it develops.

What is meningitis? Meningitis is inflammation of the delicate membranes — called meninges (men-in’-jeez) — that cover the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis is usually caused by infection from viruses or bacteria.

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