Meningitis case reported in Troup County

Published 7:37 pm Thursday, February 16, 2017

Staff report

A case of meningitis has been reported at a local high school.


In a statement released Tuesday, District 4 Health Services reported it was notified a Troup County teen is suspected for a meningococcal infection. The Troup County Health Department has been working closely with Troup County School System, the statement said.

People believed to be close contacts have been identified and treated with antibiotics, the statement said.

A spokesman for Troup County Schools did not return calls Thursday but LaGrange High School, where the student attends, did send out a health alert Wednesday.

Anyone that believes they were in contact with the student 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, according to District 4. 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 or visit the following websites: