Madison County Authorities Investigate Meningitis Death In Highland

Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn and the Madison County Health Department are reporting that a death investigation conducted last week has revealed that a Missouri woman pronounced dead in Highland last week died as a result of meningitis. Authorities are stressing that there is no imminent public health threat.

30 year old Elizabeth I. Schreck, of Durham, Missouri, was pronounced dead at a Highland residence Tuesday, April 14 at 6:23 p.m. Schreck had been in town for a cake designing seminar. During the course of the seminar, she reportedly began complaining of a headache and neck and back pain. Authorities say she had sought only chiropractic medical treatment for her illness.

During the course of the investigation, the Madison County Health Department quickly determined that the meningitis was caused by the streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. According to authorities, there are no recommendations for preventive treatment because this type of meningitis is not considered communicable to others.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Madison County Health Department for more information at 692-8954, ext. #2.

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