Health district investigates meningitis case
August 01, 2018 at 1:45 pm | By CHARLES H. FEATHERSTONE, Staff Writer

MOSES LAKE ? The Grant County Health District has confirmed a case locally of a rare and dangerous form of meningitis typically found in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is looking for other people who may have been exposed. According to a District news release, a single case of Invasive Neisseria Meningitidis, a disease common in parts of Africa from Senegal on the Atlantic coast through to central Ethiopia, that appeared in Grant County in mid-July.

?(The District) is working with community partners to confidentially identify all community members who could have been in ?close? contact with the ill individual,? the Health District said in a news release. ?This is an isolated case in our county and no deaths or secondary cases have been reported,? the district added...

...The district said the infected individual ? who has not been named ? was at several locations in and around Moses Lake during the last two weeks of July:

Basket weaving class at Moses Lake Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Church service Moses at Lake Presbyterian on Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
The Mardon Resort restaurant near Potholes State Park on Sunday, July 22, from noon to 3 p.m.
The Quilting Guild meeting at Moses Lake Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Moses Lake Christian Church on Nelson Road On Thursday, July 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

If you believe that you were a close contact according to the definition above and were not contacted directly by the Grant County Health District, call 509-766-7960 to speak with a public health nurse...