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Muskegon Prison Officer Dies of Meningitis

MUSKEGON, Michigan (WOOD) – A correctional officer who worked in a Muskegon prison died of bacterial meningitis, says the Michigan Department of Corrections, and an inmate was also diagnosed with it.

The officer worked on Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz confirmed on Wednesday afternoon in the 24 Hour News 8

An inmate with meningitis is recovering at the prison hospital and is expected to be fine Gautz said in a telephone interview.

Bacterial meningitis is contagious. It is not clear who first got the disease. Tests to confirm if the cases are linked should be available again after four to six weeks. State Health Commissioners and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are both involved.

The MDOC held a meeting of the City Hall on Wednesday for employees.

The officer's name was not published, but Gautz said he was a 20-year veteran of MDOC.

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