BLOOMINGTON – The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) continues to investigate a possible case of meningitis in a student at Rogers Elementary School. At this point in the investigation, initial findings have ruled out bacterial meningitis but not other serious life-threatening bacterial infections or viral meningitis. Further tests are pending at this time.
Out of an abundance of caution, the health department contacted those considered to be close contacts and asked that they receive a preventative antibiotic to protect them from getting ill. The Centers for Disease Control recommends prophylactic medication for bacterial meningitis be taken within 24 hours of diagnosis for best results. All those potentially exposed should self-monitor for signs and symptoms of infection and seek medical attention should those occur.
Persons who were not notified that they were in close contact and who may have had brief, casual contact, are not considered to be at risk, and preventative antibiotic treatment is not recommended.
Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the fluid and membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Typical symptoms associated with meningitis are headache, fever, and stiff neck. Other symptoms can include feeling unwell, vomiting, sensitivity to light, confusion, aches and pains, pale skin, and a rash.
The health department is working with the Indiana Department of Health regarding this matter and will update the public and the Monroe County Community School System as more information becomes available.
Please contact the Monroe County Health Department at 812-349-2543 for more information.