No apparent danger from meningitis


The Tuscarawas Health Department said two cases of bacterial meningitis that killed two people, are isolated cases.

The County Health Commissioner wants to stress to the people of this area that these are isolated incidents, and there is no need to panic.

Trinity Hospital Twin City, Director of Nursing, Christine Daughtery said, “Normally from onset on set of syptoms, unfortunately, to death can occur as quickly as twelve hours.”

On December 15th a person from the southwest area of the county and from the Indian Valley School System died after suffering from bacterial meningitis.

Then, on the 26th a person from the northwest corner of the County and the Garaway school system suffered the same fate, according to Tuscarwas County Health Commissioner Katie Seward.

These are the first reported deaths from the disease in the area this year, and only the 9th in Ohio.

Seward said there wasn’t much more that could’ve been done.

Tuscarawas County Health Department, Health Commissioner, Katie Seward said, “It’s highly unusual. It makes it difficult to debunk that there’s some kind of epidemic that’s going on, but I cannot, again, stress that these cases are in no way related. That has been laboratory confirmed due to the fact that they were caused by two different types of bacteria.”

The director of Nursing at Trinity Hospital Twin City said an alert went out for possible exposure, but no other cases of meningitis were found. 

She said they saw around 60 people who worried about having the disease, but no cases of meningitis were found.

Health officials want to ensue all residents that these cases pose no threat to the public.

“At this time there is no action necessary by any member of the public including those who were close contacts with the individual,” said Seward.

The symptoms for meningitis are high fever, stiffness of the neck, and headaches.

If you are concerned you should seek medical attention. 

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