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Atlantic City Casino Worker Diagnosed with Meningitis

29 November 2004

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: " A casino worker was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis last week, Atlantic City Health and Human Services Director Ronald Cash confirmed Sunday.

"But public health officials said the bacteria that resulted in the man's illness was a less contagious strain and posed little risk to the public.

"Officials would not identify the man beyond saying he worked at one of the 12 casinos in Atlantic City. Officials also would not say what the man's condition was Sunday afternoon.

"It was not clear at which casino the man worked. While Cash said there was little to fear, he would not identify the casino.

"…The man was eventually diagnosed with bacterial meningitis caused by the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, Cash said. Streptococcus pneumoniae are one of three bacteria that are most often responsible for meningitis, according to the CDC.

"Doctors are most concerned with the more-infectious neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcal meningitis, said Lynn Gove, director of Infection Control for the Atlantic City Medical Center…"

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