Child treated for Meningococcemia

EUGENE, Ore. — A Lane County hospital treated a child Tuesday for a strain of the bacterial infection known as Meningococcemia.

It’s a blood infection that lives in the respiratory system, but it’s a different strain of bacteria than bacterial meningitis, which lives in the spinal chord.

Lane County Public Health says all persons at risk have been treated with antibiotics.

Lane health workers recommend people ages 11-18 years old receive the meningococcal vaccine, which prevents disease by four types of meningococci.

About a thousand people contract the virus each year, according to the CDC. If it’s not treated immediately, it can be deadly.

For more information, go to http://web.multco.us/health/meningitis.

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