Michigan day camp worker with bacterial meningitis dies

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An employee at a suburban Detroit children’s day camp who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has died.

The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports that the Macomb County Health Department confirmed 21-year-old Kristy Malter’s death Saturday in a news release.

Malter, of Shelby Township, was admitted to a hospital earlier this week. She worked at the Lifetime Fitness camp in Rochester Hills, north of Detroit.

Oakland County health officials said roughly 200 children ages 5-12 who attended the camp between July 1 and Monday may have been exposed to bacterial meningitis.

Parents were being notified.

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Meningitis is an infection of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain. Bacterial meningitis is transmitted through close contact, primarily exchanging saliva. Most people who get the infection recover.

In West Michigan, a student at Portage Northern was diagnosed with a form of bacterial meningitis in May. In 2013, Kalamazoo College student Emily Stillman,19, passed away from complications due to bacterial meningitis. Ethan Giang, an 8-year-old third-grade student in Byron Center, also died that same year from bacterial meningitis.