COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio elections board is assuring staff members and voters operations will continue as usual after a poll worker in training contracted bacterial meningitis.
Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman Ben Piscitelli (pihsk-ih-TEL'-ee) says the Columbus health department told about 100 staff members Monday it's still safe to keep working at their building.
Bacterial meningitis is an inflammation of brain and spinal cord membranes. It can cause brain damage and hearing loss. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most of the bacteria that cause it aren't as contagious as viruses that cause the flu.
Piscitelli says the trainee was in the building on the city's north side for about two hours Thursday with fellow trainees and people conducting the training. He says early voting that began April 7 will continue uninterrupted through May 5.