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Case of bacterial meningitis confirmed in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The City of Milwaukee Health Department says Milwaukee has a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.

Officials on Monday would not say the gender or age of the patient. But officials say the person was diagnosed at a hospital in the Milwaukee area "and is receiving appropriate care."

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the health department has identified close contacts to the patients and has provided medical resources, including antibiotics.

The disease is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions, most often through direct, close contact with an infected patient. Close contact would include kissing, sharing a drink or lip balm and eating with the same utensils.

Symptoms include a rapidly developing fever, headache and stiff neck. Bacterial meningitis can be treated with antibiotics.
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