The ten o'clock news just came on. One of the top stories is about "an outbreak of bacterial meningitis" at our local high school. The news lady said at least four times that this meningitis can kill a patient and it is very contagious!
Turns out it is ONE case. Olazul is right about sensationalism, disinformation, etc.
The shool sent home a notice with each student telling the parents to have their children screened by a doctor for meningitis.
Sure it's better to be safe, but the news lady leaned forward, her eyes got big, her voice was super-expressive.
A bit overdone, methinks.