The Johnson County Health Department has a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis (Neisseria meningitides) in an infant who is currently being treated at a local hospital.  The disease investigation is ongoing.  Those at risk of infection transmission have been identified and treated. No other details related to the case are available for release at this time.
Meningitis is an infection of the fluid around the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Symptoms can range from fever, headache, and stiff neck to more severe symptoms such as confusion or seizures.
Meningitis is spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (i.e., coughing, kissing). None of the bacteria that cause meningitis are as contagious as things like the common cold or the flu, and they are not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where a person with meningitis has been.