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Officials: 2 with meningitis dead in Lancaster

October 17, 2009 2:53:45 PM PDT
The state Department of Health says two residents of Lancaster County in central Pennsylvania who had meningitis have died in the past few days. Department spokeswoman Holli Senior says one of the cases appears to be viral meningitis - although that person may have died of an underlying health condition - and the other bacterial meningitis.

Senior says state law bars release of the names or information such as where the individuals lived or exactly when they died. She says investigators are following up to make sure close contacts and other people at risk are identified and treated.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. Officials say people usually recover fully from viral meningitis in five to 15 days. But bacterial meningitis is more dangerous and can be spread through coughing, kissing and sneezing.

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Information from: Intelligencer Journal, http://www.lancasteronline.com/pages/paper/sundaynews/

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