Monroe County Health Department Update on Suspected Meningitis Case

Staff report written from press release

BLOOMINGTON – On September 29, 2023, the Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) received notification from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) regarding a potential case of meningococcal disease involving a student from Rogers Elementary.

To date, no additional cases of illness related to this incident have been identified or reported. The MCHD and its partners have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of the community. At this time, there is no known public health threat associated with this incident.

Meningococcal disease can manifest in various clinical presentations, including bacterial meningitis and other serious infections such as bloodstream infections. The symptoms exhibited by the patient in question were consistent with those associated with meningococcal disease, which prompted an immediate response from health authorities.

In response to the situation, the MCHD promptly identified and notified 35 individuals who had close contact with the affected student. Health officials provided them with guidance in accordance with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the IDOH. As a precautionary measure, these individuals were advised to undergo preventive antibiotic treatment.

Subsequent investigations indicated that bacterial meningitis was unlikely in this case. However, these findings did not completely rule out the possibility of other infections.


Text of the press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lori Kelley
October 4, 2023, 812-349-2068
[email protected]

MCHD UPDATE ON SUSPECTED MENINGTITIS CASE

BLOOMINGTON – The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) was notified on
September 29, 2023, by the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) of a possible case of
meningococcal disease in a Rogers Elementary student.  Clinical presentations of meningococcal
disease may include bacterial meningitis or other serious infections such as bloodstream
infections. The patient’s symptoms were consistent with possible meningococcal disease, an
infectious disease that can quickly cause severe illness.
The MCHD identified 35 individuals who were in close contact with the patient and provided
guidance to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and IDOH guidelines to take
preventive antibiotic treatment out of an abundance of caution. Although initial findings later
suggested that the patient’s illness was unlikely bacterial meningitis, findings did not rule out the
possibility of other infections. 
No additional cases of related illness have been identified or reported. All other appropriate
precautions have been taken, and there is no known public health threat at this time. We will
continue to provide updates as more information is received while also respecting patient
privacy.

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