Meningitis confined to two inmates



A Sierra Conservation Center inmate who came down with bacterial meningitis Wednesday is recovering, and there are no new cases of the potentially deadly illness at the prison.

The 25-year-old inmate is still hospitalized at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, but is doing better, prison spokesman Jerry Underwood said. Underwood is in touch with doctors caring for the inmate.

Friday, a second inmate showed similar, less severe symptoms of bacterial meningitis. Prison officials opted to give 3,000 inmates and 56 correctional officers and staff who could have had contact with the inmate three doses of the powerful antibiotic Ciprofloxicin.

The first inmate was airlifted to Modesto after doctors at Tuolumne General Hospital suspected he had the illness.

By Thursday, he was seriously ill and his family was notified of his condition, Underwood said.

The 3,000 inmates and staff given Ciprofloxicin were living and working in the main gymnasium and the Levels I and II dormitories, where both of the sickened inmates had contact with others. Those dormitories were on "isolation status" for three days until all doses of the antibiotic were administered.

But as of Monday, all routines were back to normal at the prison, Underwood said.

Bacterial meningitis can be fatal, and is spread by close, intimate contact, according the National Centers for Disease Control.

Contact Amy Lindblom at: .

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Wednesday October 26, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more

New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Columbia Elementary board ousts superintendent


Five days after receiving a 2 percent raise, Columbia Union School District ... more

Mudslide knocks out a portion of TUD’s ditch system


The Columbia ditch will be closed until Saturday, following a mudslide that ... more

Battle for cannabis regulation in Calaveras wages on


Strong opinions and loud accusations have made the battle over cannabis cultivation ... more