No new bacterial meningitis cases in Lane County
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Health officials in Lane County say they're not seeing new cases of the disease that killed a University of Oregon student last week, but a potential incubation period isn't over yet.
The Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/JCjsLb) reports that no cases of bacterial meningitis had been identified as of Monday, three days after the death of Lillian Pagenstecher.
Typically, someone exposed to the disease will show symptoms within three to four days, but in some instances it can take up to 10 days.
Her family says the student had a genetic protein deficiency that put her at risk. She had survived a previous bout.
The disease is caused by bacteria present in the throats and noses of about 10 percent of the population. It rarely becomes serious unless it enters the bloodstream.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com