Douglas County Public Health officials report one person has died and another remains hospitalized as a result of meningococcal disease. This is not considered an outbreak and as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, doctors are confident the disease is contained.
Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacteria present in the noses and throats of about 10% of the population. When it is spread—it’s through very close, prolonged personal contact. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck.