Amsterdam Officials Respond to Meningitis Death

Amsterdam, NY – Health officials in the Capitol Region are responding to the death of an Amsterdam High School junior from bacteral meningitis.

17 year old Matthew Martuscello died early Wednesday after contracting the disease on a band trip to California.

Fulton/Montgomery County Health Department officials are working with the Amsterdam School District to treat those who had close contact with Martuscello with a course of antibiotics.

Amsterdam superintendent of schools, Ron Limoncelli, says they are encouraging anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to see their doctor.

Another Amsterdam student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Josh Fanta, a bandmate of Martuscello, is expected to make a full recovery. He will be released from Saint Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam in a few days.