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Bacterial meningitis laboratory confirmed in two individuals in Kittitas County

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Bacterial meningitis laboratory confirmed in two individuals in Kittitas County

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July 11, 2012

(Kittitas, WA) The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) has received laboratory confirmation of

bacterial meningitis in the two cases being investigated. Both patients are in stable condition and are currently recovering from the infection.  The laboratory results indicated that the two individuals were infected with a strain of Neisseria meningitidis group B. Current meningococcal vaccines do not protect against this type of meningitis.   KCPHD staff has contacted all potential close contacts of the patients to assess for exposure and symptoms. At this time, no other individuals have become infected; however several have been given preventative antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection.  Bacterial meningitis is usually severe and can cause serious complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, learning disabilities, or death. There are about

(see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for vaccination schedules http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/index.html.)

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