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      Bacterial Meningitis infection diagnosed at Bay County elementary school

      <p>The Bay County Health Department announced today that there was a case of Bacterial Meningitis at a Pinconning elementary school.</p>

      The Bay County Health Department announced today that there was a case of Bacterial Meningitis at a Pinconning elementary school.

      An unidentified staff member at Linwood Elementary School contracted the disease and is currently undergoing medical treatment, according to the Bay County Health Department.

      The name of the staff member will not be released because of privacy laws.

      ??The disease is not spread through casual contact or by simply being in the same room as an infected person,?? said Joel Strasz, Health Officer. ??A person must have direct contact with an infected person??s saliva two to ten days prior to the onset of the illness.??

      The Bay County Health Department is currently investigating to see if anyone else has become infected. Those that the health department is considering for possible infection would be someone who has had "close contact" with the staff member.

      Casual contact, says the Bay County Health Department, is what typically happens during the course of a school day. Close contact would mean that a person lives with, kissed on the mouth, or has taken a drink from the same container as the infected person.

      The health department considers the risk to students to be low. With that in mind, they are telling parents to be on the lookout for potential symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis. These symptoms include sudden onset of a fever, stiff neck, headache, confusion and sometimes a rash. Should these symptoms develop, the student should be taken immediately to a doctor or emergency room.

      Any parents, students or staff members that have any questions regarding this infection are asked to call the Bay County Health Department at 989-895-4009.