Health department confirms meningitis case

2013-02-09T03:00:00Z Health department confirms meningitis case Fremont Tribune
February 09, 2013 3:00 am

Three Rivers District Health Department said Friday that a case of bacterial meningitis has been confirmed in its three-county area.

The health department, which serves Dodge, Washington and Saunders counties, reported that the patient is being treated in an Omaha hospital.

Meningitis is an inflammation of membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It’s sometimes called spinal meningitis and is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

Bacterial meningitis is transmitted by large droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing. The bacteria that cause meningitis are not as contagious as the common cold or flu and are not spread by casual contact. Common symptoms of meningitis include high fever, headache and a stiff neck in anyone over age 2. Symptoms can develop over several hours or may take one to two days.

Bacterial meningitis is a potentially fatal disease. Immediate medical care, including use of antibiotics, can greatly reduce risk of death.

Three Rivers is working with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. As a preventative measure, people identified as being in close contact of the patient have received prophylactic antibiotics.

Those with concerns is asked to contact their health care provider or Three Rivers at 402-727-5396.

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