Pre-Schoolers Meningitis Outbreak

by Kelly Mills on March 31, 2011 at 6:39 am

Bacterial meningitis is suspected in the death of a Morgan County pre-schooler and has been confirmed in another pre-schooler who is now hospitalized in Columbus.

According to the Morgan County Herald, the pre-schooler passed away Wednesday. The Herald says the Morgan County Health Department has contacted all the people who may have come into contact with the two children and all school buses and Morgan Transit vehicles have been sanitized.

Meningitis is an infection of the spinal cord fluid and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Symptoms of the disease can include high fever, headache, stiff neck ,nausea and vomiting. Health officials say the disease can spread through direct contact with the patient’s respiratory fluids. If you start to have symptoms you should contact your physician.