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Councilman hospitalized with meningitis

Original post made on Aug 25, 2009

Long time Danville Town Council member Mike Shimansky is listed in serious condition in a San Diego hospital, where he is being treated for bacterial meningitis. Shimansky, 65, was in San Diego on Aug. 17 visiting with his son, daughter and grandchildren when he exhibited flu-like symptoms. He was hospitalized later that day and has since been in the ICU in a drug-induced coma since his admission.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Danville
on Aug 25, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Dear Dolores,

The Danville neighborhoods within the Diablo Vista region send the very best wishes to Mike's family. Danville neighborhoods north of Diablo Road wish Mike a very quick recovery.

With courtesy to my neighbors in Danville,

Hal Bailey

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Posted by Ralph Hoffmann
a resident of Walnut Creek
on Aug 26, 2009 at 7:41 am

Mike is the member of the Danville Town Council I most respected, when I lived in Danville from August 1, 1985 to December 4, 2007.
His work as a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and on the County Connection Board of Directors are examples for me to follow.
My prayers are for his speedy recovery.

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Posted by Meningitis Angels
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 8:16 am

Our prayers go out to Mike Shimansky and his famliy.

I am the mother of an only child, Ryan, who died from of meningococcal meningitis and the founder and executive director of a national organization, Meningitis Angels,

Too many infants,kids ,teens and young adults and occasionally older adults are left debilitated or die from this vaccine preventable disease.

What is meningitis?
Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as, organ failure, blindness, deafness, loss of limbs, severe seizures, brain damage and other disabilities.
You should also understand meningococcemia and sepsis.

Signs and Symptoms
The early signs of meningitis and blood poisoning which could improve detection of the disease and save lives are unrelenting fever, leg pain, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin color can develop within (12 hours) after infection long before the more classic signs of the illness such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light and impaired consciousness, debilitation or death. Anyone can get meningitis especially infants, children and teens.

What parents and students should know:
According to ACIP/CDC children ages (11) years through college freshmen should be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis. The current vaccines are approved for ages (2) years and older. However be informed, there are (5) sero-groups of the disease, all sero-groups are not covered. However the most common in the United States are sero-groups C Y, W135 and A which are.

Infants and toddlers should be vaccinated against pneumococcal and HIB meningitis.
Those children in daycare and those of American Indian, Eskimo and African American heritage are at a higher risk for some forms of meningitis.

There are no vaccines to prevent viral meningitis.

Frankie Milley, Meningitis Angels, Founder/National Director

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Posted by Dawn
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 26, 2009 at 8:17 am

My heart goes out to the Shimansky family. What a terrible, terrible illness.

I hope that you and yours are finding solace and support.

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Posted by Noel and Carlynn Williams
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 8:20 am

We send our deepest prayers and sincere best wishes for health to Mike. Over the years, he has worked hard for the community. We appreciate him. Our best thoughts and wishes to his family too.

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Posted by Bob & Sue Worthington
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

We've know Mike for awhile. Not a long while, but long enough to know what a fine man he is. We've always appreciated his stories and his humor. We send our sincerest and best thoughts to him, his wife, and his family. It is our hope that his health return quickly and he comes back home to his Danville. As a person, he's far too precious to lose.

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Posted by Denise
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 9:01 am

I encountered Mike while working on a committee for the town. He was always polite, respectful and thoughtful. He is an asset to our community and has put in a lot of hours and time for the good of us all. We need more like him around. All our thoughts and best wishes go to him and his family. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

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Posted by Kristen Trisko
a resident of Green Valley Elementary School
on Aug 26, 2009 at 10:24 am

Although we have been at odds many times over the years in his position on the Town Council, I only wish he and his family the best right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with he and his family during this very difficult time.

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Posted by Lynn Harrington
a resident of Green Valley Elementary School
on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

All of us at Diablo Lodge send our prayers and best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery to Mike.
We are a small and diverse town and appreciate all the work that Mike has done over the years to maintain Danville as a very special place to live.
Our thoughts and support also are for his family and coworkers.

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Posted by Eric F. Niles
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

The Athenian School community sends its thoughts and prayers out to Mike and his family.

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Posted by Bobby Espinosa
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Get well Mike, this town needs you.

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Posted by Jeanie
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

In the early 1990's, Mike and I served together on the Board of Shepherd's Gate. His guidance during that time made a positive and enduring impact on the ability of this remarkable place, to shelter women and their children. Mike, our prayers are with you.

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Posted by member
a resident of John Baldwin Elementary School
on Aug 26, 2009 at 7:53 pm

member is a registered user.

I know Mike as a neighbor and public servant. My family's prayers are asking for a rapid recovery.

We need Mike to get healthy so he can continue his work making Danville the kind of town we're all proud to be a part of.

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Posted by Sylvia Miller
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:10 am

Mike was a fellow volunteer for the American Red Cross when I was the Government Liaison between the Town of Danville and the Red Cross many years ago. I was always in awe of him, although he was an unpretentious, modest, genuine human being who contributed his time and talent generously to a variety of charitable and community organizations. His hands-on work as a Red Cross disaster volunteer on assignment to out-of-town and out-of-state sites was especially impressive from my point of view. Mike, you and your family are in my heart and prayers always.

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Posted by MUSAorg
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2009 at 2:46 pm

The Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA), a national organization, would like the public and media to know that information is available regarding the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of meningitis. MFA was founded by parents whose children were affected by meningitis. In addition to supporting vaccines and other means of preventing meningitis, the MFA provides information to educate the public and medical professionals so that the early diagnosis, treatment and, most important, prevention of meningitis, will save lives. Meningitis is a dangerous and sometimes fatal inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord that can leave survivors with serious life-long physical problems such as deafness, brain damage and other disabilities, meningitis can sometimes result in loss of limbs. MFA would like to be considered as a news resource for the disease. For further information, visit the MFA website at

MFA is proud to announce the new C.I.S.S. Container Identification Scratch System
When we participate in sporting events or mingle at social gatherings it is possible to lose track of our water bottles and/or beverage cans, especially those served in containers that are very similar or identical to a container from which you are drinking. This carries the risk of transmitting an illness, such as meningitis or the common cold or flu. The Container Identification Scratch System, or C.I.S.S., is a fun way to make sure you always know your drink from others. Use it at sporting events or at family gatherings and reduce the waste from forgotten drinks. Simply scratch your number from the C.I.S.S. label and identify your drink. For more information please contact Bob Gold at and

Please e-mail the Meningitis Foundation of America (MFA) if you are interested in helping us raise awareness of this killer disease.

Thank you,

Meningitis Foundation of America
P O Box 1818
El Mirage AZ 85335
480 270 2652
Join Hands against Meningitis

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Posted by Barbara Mahan
a resident of Danville
on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:52 am

Mike has been a friend and public servant in the real sense of the word for as long as I have lived in Danville. He is a great guy and would do anything to keep our town running smoothly. He has been very helpful in anything that was asked of him. We wish him and his family the best in these unsettling days.

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