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Woman Has Meningitis

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A Yuba City woman is the latest Northern California resident to come down with meningitis.

Margie Bishop, 65, was rushed to Rideout Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, where lab results showed she was battling a case of meningitis. Bishop is in critical condition, but doctors say she appears to be responding to antibiotics and coming out of the critical first 48 hours.

Now her church is taking precautions as well. At a Sunday dinner at Crossroads Community Church attended by hundreds, Bishop worked in the kitchen alongside several congregation members. "She was in there, washing dishes and stuff and she always walks up and gives everybody a hug and kiss," said church member Joyce Hampton.

At least a dozen church members have been given antibiotics as a precaution. Others, at much less risk, are still urged to be on their guard.

Health experts emphasize that meningitis is not usually spread through casual contact. It normally takes an exchange of saliva, most commonly through sharing something like a cigarette, a beverage or a kiss.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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