Death reportedly occurred over the weekend.
A Freehold Township resident has died after contracting bacterial meningitis, according to the Freehold Township Board of Health. Freehold Township Health Officer Margaret Jahn, necessary precautions have been taken to insure the safety of others in the wake of the death. “Bacterial meningitis can be contagious but only if the person infected is in very close contact with others,” Jahn said. “All those close to the victim have been contacted, notified and referred to their physicians.” Due to patient privacy laws, the Board of Health is unable to release the name of the victim. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states that there were about 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis, including 500 deaths, in the United States …
Advice from Steve Kairys, M.D. chairman of pediatrics at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Steven Kairys, MD, MPH is the Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital and Jersey Shore University Hospital, both in Neptune, NJ. He offered this information about the disease on Saturday. Meningococcal disease (Meningococcemia) causes 2,000 to 3,000 cases a year. Meningococcus is a bacteria, and humans are its only reservoir. It can live dormant in the nasal passages for long periods without causing disease, but can be transmitted to another person. It occurs more frequently in young children, and there is also an increase in teens ages 15-19. Three or four strains of the bacteria cause disease. It is acquired by the respiratory route and can invade the bloodstream quickly. It causes septic shock, bruising…