Meningitis Reported in Carbon County is Not Contagious

According to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH), the recently confirmed case of meningitis in Carbon County is not the contagious strain.

“We know the kind of bacteria confirmed with this student can cause many types of infections, including meningitis,” Dr. Alexia Harrist, state health officer and state epidemiologist with WDH, said in a press release. “However, we want people to know this form of meningitis is not considered contagious. There is no heightened reason for Carbon County families to be worried because of this student’s illness.”

Hospital lab work revealed the presence of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, or pneumococcus.

Harrist explained that when people are already ill, they can be vulnerable to other infections.

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“The particular type of bacteria involved with this student is the same that often causes ear and sinus infections, as well as sometimes pneumonia and, in rare cases, meningitis,” she added.

Symptoms of meningitis include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. Others include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and confusion.

Meningitis is a rare infection of the tissue covering the brain and spinal cord that doctors typically treat with antibiotics.

Due to the case mentioned above, Carbon County School District #2 canceled school Friday, Feb. 22, as a precautionary measure to disinfect schools ahead of resuming classes this morning.