The Jewell County Health Department was made aware of an unconfirmed case of bacterial meningitis in the county. They have been working closely with the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) and medical professionals about the situation.
Preliminary lab testing was performed, and it has indicated that the bacteria found in this case is not related to Neisseria meningitidis, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis that is spread from person to person through respiratory secretions. There are other forms of bacterial meningitis that are less likely to be spread from person to person and are not a concern for public safety. KDHE feels that this case is not a public safety concern at this time.
If you have any questions or want additional information about bacterial meningitis, contact the Jewell County Health Department at 785-378-4060 or visit their Facebook page. The following websites may be accessed for information:
An update will be provided as we receive more information.
BURN BAN NOTICE FOR JEWELL COUNTY, KANSAS
There is STILL a burn ban in effect for Jewell County, Kansas. Open burning of any kind is prohibited. For those that want to do controlled burn of any kind, they need to notify the Fire Chief in their district, and obtain approval before burning. They need to also notify the Jewell County Sheriff's Office so the dispatcher knows about the burning. Burning of any kind without permission is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2500 and jail sentence of up to one year. This is true whether the fire gets out of control or not.