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Autopsy: no signs for concern

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

BENTON -- Preliminary autopsy results for the Green Meadows Retirement Home client that died Feb. 1 show no cause for concern.

Commissioner Dennis Ziegenhorn said during the regular Scott County Commission meeting Tuesday that county officials had asked Dr. Don Cento, pathologist for Missouri Delta Medical Center, to keep them informed about results from the autopsy.

On Feb. 3, commissioners authorized $2,000 from the county's general revenue fund to contribute toward the cost of an autopsy by a forensic pathologist at Farmington.

As three other clients from Green Meadows were hospitalized for respiratory flu-type symptoms around the same time period that the man died, the Center for Disease Control requested an autopsy.

"The preliminary autopsy findings indicate death from broncho-pneumonia with no evidence of meningitis," Cento wrote in his update to commissioners.

"There is no need for a community health alert based on this case. Other patients ill at the same time have either recovered and have been discharged from the hospital or are convalescing in the hospital and out of the intensive care unit."

Cento also advised that while the complete report won't be ready for another month or two, "I doubt that there will be any essential changes in the diagnosis."

He also thanked commissioners for their diligence and prompt action in approving funding for the autopsy.

Ziegenhorn said commissioners are pleased to hear there is not a genuine health concern for county residents.

In other business Tuesday:

* Commissioner Jamie Burger will meet with Missouri Department of Transportation officials at 1 p.m. Thursday in Rockview to discuss drainage improvements being made there by the Union Pacific Railroad.

MoDOT's drainage pipe there has reached the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced, according to Burger.

MoDOT officials committed to replacing the pipe during an October meeting with commissioners and Union Pacific officials, according to Burger, and the project has now progressed to the point where MoDOT needs to do its part.

Burger said while the railroad considers the drainage improvements and track improvements which will enable the railroad to handle more traffic as all one project, from the county's perspective the drainage project is a separate issue that needed to be addressed regardless of Union Pacific's other plans.

"Hopefully it will resolve a lot of the flooding issues in and around Rockview," Burger said. "It will be so much better than it was."

* Scott County Developer Joel Evans updated commissioners on a $240,000 Homeland Security interoperability communications grant application he is preparing on behalf of the Scott County Sheriff's Department.

Evans said the grant would pay up to $2,000 per unit to replace existing radios "to improve multi-agency response, state response and also to meet the FCC 2013 requirements for narrow band digital radios."

The application deadline is March 1, "so it's got to be done this week," he said.

Evans said he is also assisting with a grant application for the Scott County Rural Fire Protection District and a joint application for Oran and the New Hamburg-Benton-Commerce Fire Protection District.

"It's a good program," Evans said.