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Berkeley School bus driver has meningitis

November 03, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A part-time bus driver for Berkeley County Schools was recovering at an area hospital Friday after being diagnosed with meningococcal (bacterial) meningitis, a school official said.

"Only students who may have come into contact with this employee received written notification of the low-risk exposure and likelihood for minimal infection," Jaimee Borger, the school district's communications director, said in a press release.

In an interview Friday afternoon, Borger said she did not know the driver's name, but indicated that he was responding to medication.

School officials learned of the man's diagnosis Friday from Diana Gaviria, the health officer for the Berkeley County Health Department.

Gaviria advised school officials that students and staff would not need to receive treatment. She is working with the district to investigate any symptoms of the infection and update officials on any changes as they develop, Borger said.

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For information about the strain of meningitis, call the health department at 304-263-5131. Information also can be found at www.wvdhhr.org/idep

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