Concerns about the meningitis outbreak in Alliance have hit close to home. The Zanesville/Muskingum County Health Department has reported that two local children, ages 4 and 15, have received a preventive anti-biotic against the disease, the two were recently in Alliance. Now, the Health Department says they’ve been getting many calls about meningitis and preventive medicine. But, health officials want to assure people in Muskingum County, there is no cause for alarm. Meningitis is a bacterial infection. It is spread from person to person by droplets released after coughing or sneezing, and by kissing or sharing drinks and eating utensils. Symptoms for the disease are similar to the flu and take hold very quickly. If you have questions, the Ohio Department of Health has set up a hotline, the number is 1-866-782-7526.