Nyack patient hospitalized with highly-contagious meningitis strain, dies after taking flight from Argentina

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A foreign national who showed up at a Rockland County hospital with a highly contagious strain of meningitis died Monday morning, officials said.

The unidentified victim fell ill with bacterial meningitis after arriving in New York to visit relatives, according to a statement by Rockland County Executive Ed Day released Monday night.

Sources told the Daily News earlier in the day that the patient flew in from Argentina within the past 24 hours and checked himself into Nyack Hospital.

The sickly patient’s hospitalization sparked concern that a plane-load of passengers was exposed to the highly dangerous virus — which causes inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

Day said those who had direct contact with the victim have been identified and prescribed a course of antibiotics.

“At this time, there are no additional community contacts or exposures of concern in Rockland County,” Day said.

“There is no risk of further spread of meningitis to local residents.”

Prophylactic antibiotics have also been prescribed for the Nyack Hospital emergency room staff, sources said.

The Centers for Disease Control confirmed the case was under investigation at 3:39 p.m. Monday, many hours after authorities were made aware of it.

“We have been notified and are conducting the appropriate airline investigation, but you should contact the state health department with additional questions,” CDC spokesman Ian Branam said.

 

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