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Troup Co. teen suspected of meningitis

(Source: GA Department of Public Health) (Source: GA Department of Public Health)

TROUP COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – A Troup County teen is suspected of having a meningococcal infection, according to the Troup County Health Department.

People believed to be close contacts have been identified and treated with antibiotics. Anyone that believes they are a contact and has not received further information should call the Troup County Health Department (706) 845-4085 or see a physician for risk assessment and chemoprophylaxis if indicated.

Meningococcal bacteria are not easily spread, but parents should be aware of the symptoms of this illness.

The most common symptoms of meningococcal infection include high fever, intense headache, and a stiff neck.

Other symptoms may be nausea, vomiting, sudden rash, sensitivity to bright light, confusion and sleepiness. Someone with symptoms of meningococcal infection should contact a physician immediately.

A vaccine called Menactra reduces the risk of meningococcal infection in teens. It is recommended for adolescents at age 11 or 12, and at high school entry for those not already vaccinated.

Parents can be proactive by vaccinating their children against meningococcal infection and being alert for symptoms. For more information about meningococcal infection or bacterial meningitis, you can contact the Troup County Health Department at (706) 845-4085.

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