NYACK, N.Y. -- An Argentinian man visiting family in Rockland for the holiday died Monday while suffering from bacterial meningitis, according to Rockland County officials and media reports.
In a statement Monday, county Executive Ed Day said there is no risk of the highly contagious illness spreading.
"The Health Department has since identified those who have had direct contact with the patient," Day said. "Those people have been prescribed a course of post-exposure antibiotics. At this time, there are no additional community contacts or exposures of concern in Rockland County."
According to a New York Daily News report on Monday, the patient, whose name was not released, arrived to the United States no earlier than Sunday, fell ill and checked himself in to Nyack Hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified of the case and, as of late Monday afternoon, was investigating, according to the Daily News.
Bacterial meningitis is typically a severe sickness. Though most who battle the illness recover, it can result in brain damage, hearing loss and learning disabilities, according to the CDC.
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