Michigan camp counselor, Kristy Malter, dies from bacterial meningitis - Outbreak News Today | Outbreak News Today Outbreak News Today
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The Rochester Hills Lifetime Fitness day camp employee who contracted bacterial meningitis died from the serious infection, according to county health officials.

 Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC

Gram-negative Neisseria meningitidis diplococcal bacteria/CDC

21-year-old Central Michigan University senior, Kristy Malter, lost her battle with meningococcal meningitis on Jul 14.

The Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) first notified the public of the situation on Jul 13 and started contacting parents of campers and employees.

Health officials said persons who may have been exposed could begin to develop symptoms of meningococcal disease at any time up until 7/21/2016. Although the risk of disease is low, the individuals above are advised to be alert for signs of meningococcal disease. These include, but are not limited to a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and sometimes a rash.

If any of these signs or symptoms should develop, the individual should be taken immediately to a physician or emergency room to be evaluated for possible meningococcal disease.

The Macomb County health department reported at the time that approximately 219 Macomb and Oakland County children ages 5-12 were in the Lifetime Fitness camp in Rochester Hills between July 1-11.

Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck. Symptoms can develop over several hours or may take one to two days to surface. Additional signs include nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, confusion, sleepiness and seizures.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important. If symptoms occur, a person should see a doctor immediately.

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