Bacterial Meningitis Case Confirmed In Linn County
A 17-year-old female was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on Sunday in Linn County. Meningitis is a reportable disease that is serious in nature and relatively rare.
Meningitis is a severe bacterial infection of the blood and meninges (the thin covering of the brain and spinal cord). The disease is a threat for the infected individual and their close personal contacts as it is spread by having contact with mucus or droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person.
Typically the disease is spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected person from activities like kissing, sharing eating utensils, drinks or cigarettes.
According to Curtis Dickson, Director of Linn County Public Health, “This case has been handled effectively and there is no cause for panic. An investigation has been completed on the infected person in Linn County and all of their close contacts have been identified and placed on prophylaxis, which will prevent them from contracting the disease or spreading it any further. This is also a good time to reinforce the importance of vaccinating children against meningitis and other diseases,” finished Dickson.