Hockey link found in Colorado meningitis outbreak
FORT COLLINS, Colorado – Larimer County health officials are focusing on pick-up hockey players as they investigate a meningitis outbreak.
Two of the three people who contracted meningitis played in a hockey game on June 9 in Fort Collins.
One, 29-year-old Brian Wormus, died Monday. The other player also played in another pickup game June 12 in Windsor.
Health director Adrienne LeBailly says it’s possible that the bacteria may have been spread when players removed their mouth guards and shook their hands at the end of the game.
About 30 hockey players from the first game have now been treated with antibiotics to prevent them from contracting the disease. Officials are trying to contact all players from the other game.