What You Should Know About Bacterial Meningitis.

A tight-knit fitness community in Northern California is
in mourning after an avid SoulCycle fan died of
meningitis late last week. Now, health officials are
warning that the bacterial meningitis could have spread
to hundreds of other cyclists who visited the studio.
According to media reports, Sevin Philips, a therapist
who lived in San Rafael and worked in San Francisco,
died Saturday from meningococcal meningitis, one of
the most common forms of the infection. He was 48.
As many as 300 riders may have come in contact with
Philips, ABC 7 reports . They’ve been notified by the
manager at SoulCycle Marin, as well as the county’s
Department of Health and Human Services.
Bacterial meningitis is spread in a similar manner as a
flu — through sneezing, coughing, and contact with
some surfaces. But, as the CDC notes , because it’s
caused by bacteria, not a virus, which is what spreads
colds and flus, it’s not as contagious. Still, Dr. Matt
Willis, the public health officer for Marin County, said
the cyclers were contacted “out of an abundance of
caution” and advised to go on a regimen of
ciprofloxacin, an antibiotic.
The people most at risk of contracting meningitis are
those who were in direct contact with someone who
was infected.
“Close contact is usually defined as several hours of
very close contact,” Willis told NBC Bay Area . “That’s
one of the reasons why we often see just one case
without seeing subsequent transmission.”
Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation in
the brain or spinal cord, and in extreme cases, can kill
within hours. Symptoms include fever, headache, and a
stiff neck, and could be accompanied by sensitivity to
light and confusion. Doctors advise that anyone who
may have been in contact with someone with the
infection start a prophylactic regimen of antibiotics as
soon as possible.
Source: Yahoo News