INFECTIOUS DISEASE

California gymgoer dies from meningitis

The wheels of an indoor bicycle are seen spinning at a SoulCycle class at their Union Square location in New York April 13, 2011. Indoor cyclists routinely sweat a real river pedaling down an imaginary road, but SoulCycle classes add upper body work, and a touch of the spiritual, to their metaphorical journey. Picture taken April 13. To match Reuters Life! FITNESS-SOULCYCLE/         
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The wheels of an indoor bicycle are seen spinning at a SoulCycle class at their Union Square location in New York April 13, 2011. Indoor cyclists routinely sweat a real river pedaling down an imaginary road, but SoulCycle classes add upper body work, and a touch of the spiritual, to their metaphorical journey. Picture taken April 13. To match Reuters Life! FITNESS-SOULCYCLE/ RREUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR2LD2R

Health officials say that a Marin County resident who worked out at a popular indoor group cycling gym has died of meningitis.

Marin County's public health officer said they are trying to find others exposed to the person at a SoulCycle studio in Larkspur, the Marin Independent Journal reports Friday (http://bayareane.ws/2j74sfB).

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Marin County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis said SoulCycle had supplied him with a list of about 200 people with whom the deceased shared classes.

The disease is rare and risk of infection is low. It spreads through respiratory droplets, coughing and sneezing and can stay on surfaces.

The death was reported to the health department on Tuesday.

The gym's studio manager said they have cleaned the place thoroughly and expressed sadness at the passing of a member.