Medic from Miami protests dies
by Mahtin Wednesday November 26, 2003 at 10:52 AM
Jordan, the medic who came down with meningitis on his way north after he left Miami, died last night in North Carolina at 2am.
People who were in Miami should check the meningitis websites such as musa.org so they can know what the symptoms are.
">All activists who were in Miami this weekend should be very careful with their
health. Since Jordan was a medic there is the possibility that the Meningitis could
have spread. If people develop flu-like symptoms and were at the convergence center
and/or were treated by medics, they should go to a doctor immediately. It is
important that you get treated as soon as possible. Folks who were in contact
should get Cipro or similar medication to be sure."
Also check in with ftaaimc.org for more info...
From elsewhere on portland imc -
TAKE A DEEP BREATH 26.Nov.2003 11:06
Black Cross Health Collective and MASHH CLINIC Collective info@blackcross collective.org or email@example.com
Please don't start urban myth-rumors like this and please y'all, don't overreact! The statement that bacterial meninigits is "very contagious" is FALSE. Transmission of the organism occurs by exchange of respiratory secretions; thus close contact is believed to be important in the spread of the disease. To infer that someone who was in Miami recently and has flu-like symptoms should immediately check into an ER is a dangerous overreaction. Most people exposed do not get bacterial meningitis. The last two people who acquired the disease in Oregon were teenagers in a mosh pit at a metal concert in Salem. Everyone who over indulges tomorrow is going to have "flu-like" symptoms. Panic not. The presenting symptoms are: 1. Distinctly the WORST HEADACHE you've EVER had in your life. 2. Stiff, and we mean STIFF (not sore!) NECK. 3. HIGH FEVER (above 102 in an adult) 4. Then the symptoms get worse and by then the patient has surely been ushered to an ER.
The conditions that cause one person to become clinically ill while another carrier remains well are not well understood. The organism, Neisseria meningitidis, remains sensitive to a large number of antibiotics. (If that notion placates you in any way.) Check your attitude, stay positive, drink plenty of pure water, eat well and sleep. AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING OR PICKING YOUR NOSE!
from your friendly neighborhood medics
REF: "Wilderness Medicine" by Paul S. Auerbach ,Third Ed.