HUMBOLDT COUNTY – Health officials are warning the public regarding a Eureka child who tested positive for Neisseria Meningitis. The victim was sick for several days before seeking medical assistance.
Department of Health and Human Services personnel are notifying individuals who may have been exposed so they can get treated with antibiotics.
Meningitis is highly contagious and symptoms are sudden fever, headache and stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, confusion and increased sensitivity to light. The bacteria may be spread by kissing an infected person or by other intimate contact like sharing a toothbrush or utensils.
Prevention measures involve reducing exposure to germs. The CDC advises washing your hands often. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with hand sanitizers. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
DHHS will provide additional information Tuesday.