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Local man diagnosed with fungal meningitis

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

A Dayton man has been diagnosed with a rare form of fungal meningitis, but health officials Monday said the case is not linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections that are making people sick around the country sick.

Elizabeth A. Nichols told the Dayton Daily News Monday that her son, Chris A. Williams, was in Miami Valley Hospital diagnosed with fungal meningitis. Williams, 46, was admitted Wednesday with a high fever, headache, nausea and other serious symptoms, Nichols said.

Doctors at first thought he had an acute sinus infection, Nichols said, and cultures of his spinal fluid initially showed negative for meningitis, but later tests confirmed he had fungal meningitis, she said.

Bill Wharton, spokesman for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, said his agency was notified of the infection Monday. The type of fungus involved was not released.

Wharton stressed that the Dayton case is separate from the national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to injectable methylprednisolone acetate. New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the steroid after health officials began receiving reports of fungal meningitis infections in people who received it. The company has ceased operations, recalled all of its products and is under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Nichols said her son, who is unemployed, sometimes works doing odd jobs and handyman work. He had previously worked as a bank teller, she said. She said he has not had an injection of the steroid that is been recalled.

He got sick about a month ago, Nichols said, and they thought he had a cold. Then he developed a headache and began suffering with fever, chills ad nausea.

“I’ve seen everything on TV about those shots, and people need to know you can get this other ways,” she said. “Sometimes it’s not just a headache or a sinus infection.”

Fungal meningitis is rare, though the organisms that can cause it are widespread in the environment, growing in soil, on plants and even in bird droppings.

“Fungi are all around us,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Health, and many, including two species implicated in the national outbreak, are found in soil and on plants. Most people, though, are healthy enough to fight off an infection if they inhale or otherwise ingest the spores, she said. People with compromised immune systems are most at risk for infection, she said.

Individual infections of fungal meningitis are not reportable to the state. Fungal meningitis is not spread from person-to-person, said Dr. Tom Herchline, medical director of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County. Histoplasmosis, a fungal infection linked to bird droppings, usually affects the lungs, but he has occasionally seen it cause meningitis, he said.

The national outbreak has reached 15 states. On Monday, the tally stood at 214 infections and 15 deaths. In Ohio, three people have developed the rare brain infection after receiving the steroid injections: a 40-year-old woman from Crawford County, a 65-year-old man from Hamilton County and a 39-year-old woman from Morrow County. The injectable steroid was shipped to four pain clinics in Ohio, including one each in Cincinnati and Dublin and two in Marion.


Heavy damage reported in Park Layne Manor, Clark County

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornado and severe weather in several locations in Greene County, including in Park Layne Manor.

VIDEO: Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

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The National Weather Service will have to confirm the reports of tornadoes in the area.

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A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235 (in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road) has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station in Park Layne, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

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Ohio 235 is shut down between I-70 and U.S. 40.

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Other damage reports:

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended at 9:1 p.m. and again at 9:35 p.m. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Miami County, at least two homes in the area of Studebaker Road at state Route 201 reported to have structural damage.
  • In Miami County, the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road is closed because of barn debris, trees and wires in the street, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Montgomery County, trees are reported down in the 8300 block of National Road
  • In Beavercreek, several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads about 8:30 p.m.

We will update this report as warranted.

6-year-old asks people on Facebook to ‘stop killing each other’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

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A Facebook video featuring kindergartner, Jeffrey Laney, urging people to end violence and violent crime has gone viral.

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According to KTVI, Laney’s mother, who posted the video, said she hopes that the video will affect those whose actions kill innocent children.

“We need to value life more and we need to watch what we do around these little ones,” Leanndra Cheatham told KTVI.

Cheatham told CNN that her 16-year-old cousin was shot to death last month.

Read more at KTVI.

Widespread, substantial flooding reported in Butler County

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 8:22 PM

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.: There is widespread, substantial flooding in certain areas" throughout Butler County, a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office said.

There are flooding issues in Hamilton and in the village of Seven Mile in St. Clair Twp., in Butler County.  

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A Butler County sheriff’s dispatcher said there were a few places on U.S. 127 that have water over the road way. He said there were about a half-dozen houses in Seven Mile that had flooding.  

He said there were some roads flooded on the west side of Hamilton and a few on Hamilton’s East Side. The dispatcher said there was an power outage on the west side of Hamilton.


A downed tree limb hit a power line on Washington Mill Road and has knocked out electric service to approximately 141 customers in Greene County, Dayton Power & Light spokeswoman Kelly Millhouse said. 

A crew is on scene, making repairs, she said. 

According to Greene County Sheriff's dispatch, a tree and power lines were reported down about 4:40 p.m., in the 3100 block of Washington Mill Road, southeast of Bellbrook and southwest of Xenia. 

15 people rescued after high water traps them at Sebald Park in Butler Co.

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM

Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. 


Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water. 

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Madison Twp. firefighters said in a Facebook post the group went to the park earlier in the day for a birthday party. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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