TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. – A kindergarten student in Lafayette has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
The student attends Mintonye Elementary School, and the Tippecanoe School Corporation has notified staff members and families of students who had sufficient contact with him.
Because these individuals are considered a greater risk for developing the disease, the Tippecanoe County Health Department will offer preventative antibiotics during a clinic from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 at Mintonye Elementary School.
The health department says the risk for contracting bacterial meningitis is very low for those people who have had casual contact with the student, and preventive antibiotics are unnecessary.
For a person to become infected with meningitis, they must have direct contact with an infected person’s saliva during the seven days prior to the onset of illness.
The Indiana State Department of Health says even though the risk of disease is low to other students, parents should remain alert for symptoms including a sudden onset of fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and sometimes a rash.
Anyone with questions can contact the Tippecanoe County Health Department at 765-423-9222, extension 1.