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Tulsa hospital checks boy for meningitis

By KIM ARCHER AND JARREL WADE - Tulsa World Modified: March 17, 2010 at 5:09 am •  Published: March 17, 2010
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OOLOGAH — A 1-year-old boy was taken Tuesday evening by ambulance from a Claremore hospital to Children’s Hospital at St. Francis in Tulsa "to confirm or rule out meningitis,” an Oologah ambulance service spokesman said.

If confirmed, the child would be the eighth stricken with the disease in the Oologah area. Two children died last week and five others remained hospitalized Tuesday night.

Karisa Dene Pales, 18, a senior at Oologah-Talala High School, is among those hospitalized at Children’s. The others are from a kindergarten class and a second-grade class.

Her father said the only connection he could think of between her and the younger patients is that one of her classmate’s siblings is also in the hospital. Stephen Pales said his daughter is getting better each day.

Meanwhile, the father of Shuache Moua, 8, who died Thursday, remembered his daughter as a lovely, kind-hearted girl.

"She is just a very adorable, special and very lovely girl. She has a lovely smile,” Koua Moua said.