KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) _ A second case of meningitis in the area was reported Monday, the day of the funeral for a toddler stricken by the disease.

Spokesman Nadine Loewen of the South Central Health Unit said a 3-year-old boy from Pritchard, just east of Kamloops, was admitted Sunday night to Royal Inland Hospital.

''Whether it is an epidemic is something we won't know for some time,'' said Nadine Loewen, medical health officer for the Health Unit.

Meningitis can cause potentially fatal inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord.

Health officials were trying to finding if the boy fell ill from the same strain of the bacteria that killed a 2 1/2 -year-old Kamloops girl Thursday.

The British Columbia cases follow the deaths from meningitis this month of three Ottawa high school students and a 17-year-old in Prince Edward Island.