Board Of Elections Volunteer Diagnosed With Serious Disease

Board Of Elections Volunteer Diagnosed With Serious Disease (Image 1)

A woman who was training with the Franklin County Board of Elections has contracted bacterial meningitis, local health officials said.

The 58-year-old woman was hospitalized Monday afternoon after she was reportedly sick with the disease.

It is unknown how the woman, a Franklin County resident, contracted the disease. Franklin County Public Health is investigating.

Columbus health officials believe the case is low exposure, but are contacting those who were in contact with the woman during a recent two-hour training session. Officials said they have reached out to more than 100 board workers and volunteers since the disease was reported.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacterial meningitis can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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