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Oct 19, 2011 4:38 AM by Kate Richards

CU Meningitis victim volunteers at child-care center

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Health officials say a Colorado woman with meningococcal meningitis  was a volunteer at a child-care center, but none of the children show any symptoms of the illness.

The Boulder County Health Department said Tuesday that 13 families were advised to have their children get antibiotics. The families were given prescriptions but officials couldn't say how many followed through.

The 21-year-old woman diagnosed with the disease is a junior at the University of Colorado who lives off campus. She is hospitalized but officials expect her to be released this week.

She was diagnosed Friday. Authorities say no other current cases have been diagnosed in Colorado.

The bacteria causes an infection of the tissue surround the brain and spinal cord.

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