POMONA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 12-year-old Rockland County child has died of bacterial meningitis, health officials said Monday.
Chrissy Gabriel, a sixth grader at St. Gregory Barbarigo Elementary School in Garnerville, died Saturday.
“It’s really sad, sad,” her father, Kesler Gabriel, told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on Monday afternoon. “She loves children, and she was my lovely daughter.”
As 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported, Acting Rockland County Health Commissioner Kathleen Henry called the girl’s death a tragedy “for the family, for the schools, for everyone involved.”
Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms including high fever, headache, stiff neck, and rash may appear two to 10 days after exposure.