8-Year-Old Byron Center Boy Dies Of Bacterial Meningitis

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BYRON CENTER, Mich. — An 8-year-old third-grader from Byron Center has died of bacterial meningitis.

Ethan Giang — an 8-year-old third-grade student at St. John Vianney School in Wyoming — died Thursday. The Kent County Health Department has confirmed that his death was due to bacterial meningitis.

St. John Vianney principal Gregg Bruno sent a letter home with students Friday. The Health Department said there was no public health risk, but as a precaution the school undertook a thorough cleaning of all its classrooms and communal spaces.

School will resume at St. John Vianney on Tuesday.

Ethan Giang’s visitation is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John Vianney Church, with a prayer vigil in English at 5:30 p.m. Sunday and a prayer vigil in Vietnamese at 7 p.m. Sunday. The funeral is slated for 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

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    • VJM

      I am so sorry for this family to have to go through this ! What a beautiful boy Ethan was and my prayers go out to all of his friends and family <

  • MUSAorg

    The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public & media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment & prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded in 1997 by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccination & preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public & medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment &, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous & often times fatal inflammation of the brain &/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at www musa org.

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