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Meningitis case not contagious

Monday, February 14, 2005

By IVY HERRON

missivy1964@yahoo.com

The Clay County Health Department's investigation into a possible meningitis case has confirmed it was a lesser strain of meningococcal meningitis.

Officials announced the findings late Thursday afternoon after extensive testing confirmed that the community was not at risk.

Details of the case where withheld from public release until Thursday's official announcement due to the state confidentiality regulations, HIPPA Laws and the final results of testing.

Dr. Roland Kohr, the Vigo County Coroner who performed the testing, said that during the investigation it was determined that a micro-organism of streptococcus bacteria infected the brain, becoming fatal only to the victim.

Group A streptococcus bacteria can produce a wide range of diseases like strep throat, scarlet fever and impetigo which are quite common and easily treated with antibiotics if diagnosed early.

According to the National Meningitis Association, it remains a mystery to researchers why the disease attacks some while leaving the general population unaffected.



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