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Meningococcal meningitis update

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

You may have heard that a Grand Forks AFB family member was recently diagnosed with a presumptive case of meningitis. State public health authorities have confirmed that this illness was not caused by the same bacteria involved in a meningitis case here last month. These are unfortunate but unrelated medical occurrences, and after careful assessment, medical authorities have confidence there is no elevated risk in our local population. If you have any questions or medical concerns, please feel free to contact the nurse advice line at 1-800-874-2273 or the 319th Public Health office at 701-747-5511. The full North Dakota Department of Health release is available at: https://health.nd.gov/media/2367/2019-10-26-be-aware-of-meningococcal-meningitis.pdf