Life Time Fitness employee contracts bacterial meningitis; more than 200 children at risk

Threat linked to Life Time Fitness in Rochester Hills

By John Steckroth - Editor

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. - A bacterial meningitis threat has been reported in Oakland County.

An employee at the Life Time Fitness Day Camp in Rochester Hills has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The employee is a Macomb County resident.

An email was sent out by Life Time Fitness notifying members.

"We are notifying you about this situation out of an abundance of caution and to ensure we openly communicate with all members. Please be aware the Oakland County Health Division is directly contacting parents of children enrolled in the Summer Camp program who have been identified as having been potentially exposed between July 1 and July 11, 2016. The incubation period for meningococcal meningitis can range from 1 -10 days, so it is expected that the last date symptoms may appear is July 21st."

The Oakland County Health Division is in the process of identifying and contacting those who may have been in contact with the patient. There are more than 200 campers they are recommending to contact their doctor.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluids in those areas.

"The disease is not spread through casual contact or by simply being in the same room as an infected person," said Kathy Forzley, manager/health officer of the Oakland County Health Division. "A person must have direct contact with an infected person's saliva or nasal secretions. If exposed, the incubation period is one to ten days."

READ: Oakland County Health Division's What you need to know about bacterial meningitis

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