Public Health Advisory
For immediate Release
Confirmed Case of Invasive Meningococcal Disease Within PDHS Community
FRIDAY, DEC. 23, 2022
Dear Paris District High School Community,
The Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) has received lab confirmation of a case of invasive meningococcal disease within a member of the Paris District High School community.
BCHU’s case and contact management team has notified all individuals considered a high-risk contact to the initial case. There have been no secondary cases or spread associated with the affected individual, at this time.
Invasive meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection. It can lead to:
Invasive meningococcal disease is spread through close, direct contact such as:
It is important to note that the bacteria is not spread through casual contact or by breathing air where someone with meningococcal disease has been.
As a precaution, all members of the Paris District High School community are asked to be aware of symptoms of invasive meningococcal disease.
Symptoms develop two to 10 days (usually three to four days) after exposure and include:
Influenza also increases risk of rare, harmful events associated with invasive meningococcal disease. All those who have not yet received a flu shot are encouraged to receive one through their local pharmacy or primary healthcare provider.
If you develop the symptoms of invasive meningococcal meningitis, see your health care provider immediately and inform them of your symptoms before arriving to prevent infecting others.
Please contact BCHU at 519-753-4937 ext. 454 if you have any questions or concerns.