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For Release: March 15, 2010
Contact: Leslea Bennett-Webb
Office of Communications
405/271-5601     
05/684-3920

Situation Update No. 6 
New Meningococcal Case Confirmed in Oologah  School

Officials from the Rogers County Health Department and Oklahoma State Department of Health have confirmed that a female teen-age student from the Oologah-Talala public school has developed meningococcal disease. This increases to seven the number of cases state and local public health officials are now investigating of those who have become ill with meningococcal disease symptoms in the last week. Two children have died from the disease.

As a preventive measure, the Rogers County Health Department, 2664 North Highway 88 in Claremore, will host a special clinic tomorrow, Tuesday, to provide antibiotics for family members and close contacts of the latest case. State health officials are now contacting those who should attend tomorrow’s clinic.

Public health officials stress that the general public is not at risk.  Only persons who have had close, personal contact to a person with a meningococcal infection have a slightly increased risk of developing the disease. 

Symptoms of meningococcal disease may appear two to ten days after infection. People ill with meningococcal septicemia may have fever, nausea, vomiting, and a rash.  People that are ill with meningitis will have fever, intense headache, nausea, vomiting, and a stiff neck.  It is important to seek care from a physician as soon as possible if these symptoms appear.

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