Woman Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis

A woman is hospitalized with bacterial meningitis.

The Kittitas County Public Health Department says the woman was admitted over the weekend -- the department has contacted people who may have been exposed and had antibiotics prescribed to them.

The health department says bacterial meningitis is usually severre and can cause serious complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, learning disabilities, or death.

Signs and symptoms of the disease typically include a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and altered mental status (confusion).

If you suspect you or a family member may have meningitis, please contact your primary care provider.