[<< wikinews] Bacterial meningitis possibly spread on AirTran flight
Tuesday, July 24, 2007 

Authorities are currently working with employees of AirTran Airways to find passengers who sat near a teenage girl with bacterial meningitis on AirTran flights 687 and 862 on Saturday.
After falling "seriously ill" during the second flight, from Atlanta, Georgia to Wichita, Kansas the girl was diagnosed with meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord, at Wichita's Wesley Medical Center. 
Although meningitis cannot be transferred merely through casual contact, AirTran notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday, and are attempting to track the passengers who sat near the girl on the two flights.

== Sources ==
AP. "AirTran seeks fellow passengers of teen with meningitis" — CNN, July 23, 2007
 "Bacterial Meningitis Scare In The Air" — Central Florida News, July 23, 2007
 "AirTran warns of passenger with meningitis" — United Press International, July 23, 2007

== External links ==
CDC: Meningococcal Disease - CDC resource for bacterial meningitis