Bacterial Meningitis Case Confirmed In Linn County

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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.

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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.

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I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis and the founder and executive director of a national organization, Meningitis Angels, www.meningitis-angels.org. Too many infants, teens, kids and young adults are left debilitated or die from this vaccine preventable disease. What is meningitis? Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as, organ failure, blindness, deafness, loss of limbs, severe seizures, brain damage and other disabilities. You should also understand meningococcemia and sepsis. Signs and Symptoms The early signs of meningitis and blood poisoning which could improve detection of the disease and save lives are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness, debilitation or death. Anyone can get meningitis especially infants, children and teens. What parents and students should know: According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years through college freshmen should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. The current vaccines are approved for ages (2) years and older. However be informed, there are (5) sero-groups of the disease, all sero-groups are not covered. However the most common in the United States are sero-groups C Y, W135 and A which are. Infants and toddlers should be vaccinated against pneumococcal and HIB meningitis. Those children in daycare and those of American Indian, Eskimo and African American heritage are at a higher risk for some forms of meningitis. There are no vaccines to prevent viral meningitis. Frankie Milley, Meningitis Angels, Founder/National Director
The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public and media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccines and other means of preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public and medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment and, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as deafness, brain damage and other disabilities, meningitis can sometimes result in loss of limbs. MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at www.musa.org. MFA is proud to announce the new C.I.S.S. Container Identification Scratch System When we participate in sporting events or mingle at social gatherings it is possible to lose track of our water bottles and/or beverage cans, especially those served in containers that are very similar or identical to a container from which you are drinking. This carries the risk of transmitting an illness, such as meningitis or the common cold or flu. The Container Identification Scratch System, or C.I.S.S., is a fun way to make sure you always know your drink from others. Use it at sporting events or at family gatherings and reduce the waste from forgotten drinks. Simply scratch your number from the C.I.S.S. label and identify your drink. For more information please contact Bob Gold at [email protected] and www.musa.org Thank you, Meningitis Foundation of America P O Box 1818 El Mirage AZ 85335 480.270.2652 www.musa.org Join Hands against Meningitis www,comoonline.org World Meningitis Day April 25th