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June 14, 2004
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Meningococcal Illness in Long Term Care Facility

Health and Social Services

An 89-year-old female resident of Perrin’s Clinton View Lodge in Clinton who died last Thursday night at the Prince County Hospital was found to have meningococcal bacteria in her blood, Chief Health Officer Dr. Lamont Sweet announced this morning.

Although the bacteria was found in her blood, she did not have meningitis, which can occur with the bacteria. Meningococcal bacteria is commonly found in the nose and throat of healthy people without any symptoms.

“The bacteria probably contributed to her death, but may not have been the only cause, since there was another serious medical condition,” Dr. Sweet noted.

This is the first case of meningococcal disease in Prince Edward Island for four years.

All close contacts of the woman have received antibiotics to prevent them from acquiring infection from the bacteria.

Media Contact: Sara Underwood
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