Tuesday, December 26, 2006


Mall Santa has bacteria

`A man who portrayed Santa Claus at a Toledo-area mall tested positive for a bacteria that causes meningitis, health officials have said.

The man was admitted to St. Luke’s Hospital in suburban Maumee last week with a respiratory ailment, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department. Tests showed that the man did not have meningitis but carried a bacteria that can cause the disease, said Health Commissioner Dr. David Grossman.

Parents of children who may have been exposed to the man should call a doctor about preventive antibiotics, he said Saturday.’

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