A meningitis victim who was first reported dead by the Notre Dame Prep School Alumni Association turns out to be alive, according to George Miller, Health and Human Services director.
Kristy Malter, Rochester Hills MI and Lite Time Fitness employee, has been placed on life support after she had been infected with bacterial meningitis. Beth Campbell, Notre Dame Prep director of alumni relations, stated that Malter was a Central Michigan University junior who loved working with children.
Public health officials announced that they organized a night conference to discuss the details of the devastating disease after they found out about the girl. Malter lives in Macomb County, and she is part of the high school’s cheer team.
Campbell, also the Notre Dame Prep cheerleading coach, confessed that everyone knew Malter as ‘Mama Kristy’ because she was always so considerate of other people’s needs. More than 200 children were probably exposed to bacterial meningitis.
Also, health officials are currently contacting parents of campers and employees who visited the camp between July 1st and 11th because they might have been exposed to the bacteria.
According to experts from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even if most of the infected people usually recover from this disease there is still a significant risk for them to experience other complications such as learning disabilities, hearing loss, brain damage, and even permanent disabilities.
Dr. Pamela Hackert, Health Division chief of medical services, stated that this disease could progress very fast. People who have been exposed to the bacteria might prevent any possible infection from taking antibiotics.
People might get contaminated through saliva by sharing cigarettes, lipstick, drinks, and food. The types of bacteria that can cause meningitis throughout the United States are Listeria monocytogenes, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, Group B Streptococcus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
According to Kathy Forzley, Oakland County Health Division manager, and health officer, the infection is not transmissible through normal contact or by just staying in the same room with the sick person.
Besides saliva, only nasal secretions can spread the bacteria from a person to another. Bacterial meningitis has a 10-day incubation period. If staff members and parents have any questions, they can contact Oakland County’s Nurse on Call for additional information between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (800) 848-5533.