Staff report written from press release
Bloomington, Indiana – October 2, 2023
The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) is actively investigating a potential case of meningitis in a student at Rogers Elementary School, according to an official press release issued today.
As of now, preliminary findings have excluded bacterial meningitis as the cause of the illness; however, the investigation is ongoing to determine if other severe life-threatening bacterial infections or viral meningitis are at play. Further tests are currently pending.
Out of an abundance of caution, the health department has reached out to individuals identified as close contacts of the affected student. They have been advised to receive prophylactic antibiotics to safeguard against potential illness. According to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), prophylactic medication for bacterial meningitis is most effective when administered within 24 hours of diagnosis. All those who may have been exposed are urged to monitor themselves for any signs or symptoms of infection and seek immediate medical attention if such symptoms manifest.
Individuals who have not been notified as close contacts and have only had brief, casual interactions with the affected student are not deemed at risk, and preventative antibiotic treatment is not recommended for them.
Meningitis is a condition characterized by infection and inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Typical symptoms include headaches, fever, and a stiff neck. Other potential symptoms encompass general discomfort, vomiting, light sensitivity, confusion, body aches, pale skin, and the presence of a rash.
The MCHD is collaborating closely with the Indiana Department of Health to address this matter comprehensively. Updates will be provided to the public, and the Monroe County Community School System will be kept informed as additional information becomes available.