Mitchell improving, source still unknown

By Wayne Allen

September 6, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

According to Dr. Aaron Adams, Scioto County Health Commissioner, Kalyn Mitchell, a student of the Northwest School District is still in Children’s Hospital in Columbus receiving treatment for bacterial meningitis with her condition improving.

Mitchell was the Miss Northwest River Days Pageant contestant and did not get to compete due to the illness.

During the Miss River Days Pageant a moment of silence and a prayer was said on Mitchells behalf.

Adams called Mitchell’s case isolated and does not know if the source of her illness will ever be found.

“We have not found the source and we very well may not. Sometimes, those things just pop up sporadically, out of the clear blue. As far as we know there are no other cases at this point,” Adams said. “If people are concerned and they are getting checked out. To our knowledge there has been no one else that has had this.”

Adams said this type of meningitis is spread through direct contact with saliva.

“I think if there were other cases we would have heard about them by now. So, we’re always feeling really good when we don’t have anything else like that happen,” Adams said.

He said Mitchell’s condition is improving with treatment.

“The information we are getting is all pretty positive about her and that’s always a good thing,” Adams said.

He said there was no indication on when Mitchell might be released from the hospital.

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