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March 27, 2012

Meningitis detected, but no serious threat

LOCUST GROVE — A confirmed case of bacterial meningitis was found last week at Locust Grove Early Learning Center.

Locust Grove school officials were informed by the Mayes County Health Department Friday that a kindergarten student has the illness.

The state epidemiologist has advised that only those in “prolonged close proximity” with the child are at risk for developing bacterial meningitis. Health officials have determined that three children at the Locust Grove Early Learning Center should receive preventative treatment and those are considered low risk cases.

Parents of all students in the class were notified.

Officials of the Oklahoma State Department of Health also confirmed the case and said the general public is not at risk.

Meningitis is spread through close personal contact with an infected person and even then the risk of developing the disease is only slightly increased, according to the health department.

The department states that many healthy people carry the bacteria in their noses and throats without any symptoms. Bacteria is spread from person to person by direct contact with secretions from the nose and throat.

Symptoms may appear two to 10 days after infection, but usually appear within three to four days. Symptoms of meningitis include fever, intense headache, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear.

For more information on meningitis, contact the epidemiologist-on-call at the Oklahoma State Department of Health Acute Disease Service, (405) 271-4060.

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