11-Year-Old Boy Dies From Meningitis At Pennsylvania Camp

Daniel “Ae Roo” Beer died of Neisseria meningitis on Monday at a Pennsylvania sleep-away camp

Daniel “Ae Roo” Beer, an 11-year-old New-Jersey native, was staying at Camp Nah-Jee-Wah, a part of the NJY camps.

Early morning on July 10th, Beer began complaining of excruciating stomach pain accompanied by nausea and was rapidly transported to Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y.

Beer died at 7:30 A.M. at the hospital, stated Trooper Mark Keyes of the Dunmore, Pennsylvania State Police. Shortly afterwards, the Pennsylvania Department of Health revealed Beer had died of meningitis.

Beer’s three roommates at the camp were taken to the emergency room and later released without issue after also showing signs of stomach pains and illness.

Camp Nah-Jee-Wah issued a statement reading: “Since the tragic passing of our young camper on Monday, we have been working closely with state health officials to determine the cause of his illness and protect the health and safety of all of our campers.”

“Late yesterday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health informed us that he had Neisseria meningitis. While not considered necessary, we also gave parents of every camper the option to request their child receive prophylaxis treatment.”

“We have the antibiotic available at the camp and an infection control specialist at camp overseeing treatment and monitoring everyone for symptoms.”

A disease that can turn deadly without warning

Any individual who had contact with Beer, campers and personnel alike, will receive prophylaxis treatment to prevent infection. The incubation period of meningitis is between three to four days, with an overall range of two to ten days.

Meningococcal is a highly contagious infection that is spread by close contact, such as sharing a room with or touching an infected person.

Immediate medical attention is required if the disease is suspected, as it can be very serious and fatal if untreated, with death occurring in less than a few hours.