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Guards, Prisoners Tested After Rockland Meningitis Death

August 17, 1987

NYACK, N.Y. (AP) _ None of the inmates or guards at the Rockland County jail has reported symptoms of meningitis since a prisoner died of the highly contagious disease over the weekend, the sheriff said.

Results of tests run on 27 inmates and correctional officers had not been received. They also were given precautionary medication, Sheriff Thomas Goldrick said late Sunday.

Hubert Dyke, 23, of Spring Valley, suffered a seizure early Friday and died Saturday at Nyack Hospital, Goldrick said. An autopsy revealed the cause of death as meningococcal meningitis.

Rockland County Health Commissioner Israel Praiss said it could take two to 10 days before it is known whether anyone else at the jail is infected.

Goldrick said there was little danger of the disease spreading to the public because Dyke has been imprisoned since Aug. 6 and was most contagious on Thursday and Friday.

Praiss said the strain of meningitis cannot be transmitted by casual contact, but only if, for example, someone shared a drinking glass with Dyke.

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