Sacramento County health officials today ruled out the possibility that infectious disease was involved in the hospitalization of a McClatchy High School junior varsity football player on Thursday.
"We received a report from the hospital that it was not infectious disease," said Dr. Olivia Kasirye, Sacramento County Health Officer.
Public health procedures require hospitals, in this case UC Davis Medical Center, to report conditions to county health officers "right away when a child gets sick," Kasirye said.
In cases involving public health concerns, "We're usually the ones that lead the investigation. When we got the report that it was not an infectious disease, there was no need to make any further notifications," Kasirye said.
Reports of a meningitis scare circulated after McClatchy football games were postponed Thursday night. Even though health experts said it was not necessary, the district performed a deep-cleaning of areas of the school where the student had been, school officials said.
Because of medical privacy laws, information on the exact nature of the student's illness and condition were not available. Sacramento City Unified School District spokesman Gabe Ross would say only, "There's no indication of infectious disease," ruling out bacterial or viral meningitis, the flu or any other contagious disease.
The game, between McClatchy and Florin, has been rescheduled for Monday.
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