TOLEDO, OH (AP)Health officials in Toledo say a man who portrayed Santa Claus at an area mall tested positive for a bacteria that causes meningitis. The man was admitted to a hospital on Thursday with a respiratory ailment, according to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department.
Health Commissioner Doctor David Grossman says tests showed that the man did not have meningitis but carried a bacteria that can cause the disease.
He says parents of children who may have been exposed to the man should call a doctor about preventive antibiotics.
The man portrayed Santa at the Southwyck Mall in Toledo on December 15th and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.