Idaho Bus Travelers May Have Been Exposed To Meningitis

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Idaho health officials are asking people who traveled on a Greyhound bus from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Boise, Idaho, on Jan. 11, 2009, to contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare immediately at (208) 334-5939 due to possible exposure to meningitis.

Idaho health officials do not believe there is a threat to the general public and are coordinating their investigative efforts with their counterparts in neighboring states. However, up to 24 people who traveled on a Greyhound Bus from Salt Lake City to Boise on Jan. 11 might have been exposed to a patient with possible meningococcal disease during an earlier segment of their trip. The bus departed Salt Lake City at 2:00 pm on Jan. 11 and arrived in Boise at 9:45 p.m.

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The bus made stops in Burley, Twin Falls, Boise, and Nampa before continuing on to Portland, Oregon. Anyone who believes they were on this bus should contact Health and Welfare immediately for information on preventing development of this potentially serious illness.

The ill person, a Nevada resident, died in a Salt Lake area hospital. Lab results have confirmed with invasive meningococcal disease.

Studies show those "at-risk" for contracting the disease include those who have kissed or shared food, water, or cigarettes with a patient, had direct contact with a patient's oral secretions, or live in the same household.

Invasive meningococcal disease is relatively difficult to transmit person to person; still at-risk persons should receive preventive antibiotic treatment to decrease the likelihood for developing this potentially serious illness.

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