Talk About The Meningitis

Health officials say that a Marin County resident who worked out at a popular indoor group cycling gym has died of meningitis.

Marin County public health officer Dr. Matt Willis said SoulCycle had supplied him with a list of about 200 people with whom the deceased shared classes.

The disease is rare and risk of infection is low. It spreads through respiratory droplets, coughing and sneezing and can stay on surfaces.

The death was reported to the health department on Tuesday.

“This would be about 10 to 12 weeks after the last potential exposure, which is the time for the body to develop its response to the TB bacteria,” Dr. Margo Erme, medical director of the Summit County Health Department, told Fox 8.

Officials said the person, who was identified as a Summa County resident, visited Akron City Hospital in November and December but was not diagnosed until January 3. TB bacteria typically attacks the lungs but can affect the kidney, spine and brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Not all who are infected with TB exhibit signs of illness, but those that do may complain of a persistent cough, pain in the chest, blood in phlegm, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, fever, chills or sweating at night.