As of March 2013, Riverside Public Health Department would like you to be aware of an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in Tijuana, Mexico. There have been 17 confirmed or probable cases of the disease in Tijuana. In Riverside County this year, there was one confirmed case, and the person had not been to Tijuana.There are some things to remember to help prevent the spread of bacterial meningitis:
1) Observe for the following: fever, intense headache, stiff neck, lethargy, and a rash and report to your health care provider or school nurse
2) There is a vaccine (MCV4) recommended for children and adolescents 11-18 years of age; contact your health care provider or the school nurse for details
3) Hand washing is important, use hand sanitizer. Bacteria can be spread through coughing and sneezing, when tissue is not available cough or sneeze into your elbow/sleeve, NOT your hand.
4) Sharing saliva can spread disease so do not share food or beverages, eating utensils, lipstick or lipbalm.5) Individuals traveling to Mexico should be aware of recent reports of meningitis disease and promptly seek care for suggestive symptoms
Lisa Van Ryzin, RN, MSN, PHN
MVHS(951) 696-1408 x5292
Fax (951) 304-1810