College student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

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March 4, 2010

7:12 PM

According to an e-mail from Vice President for Student Affairs Ginger Ambler, the College’s Student Health Center was notified Tuesday night by the health department that a graduate student from the College is in the hospital with bacterial meningitis.

The student, who lives off-campus, is expected to make a full recovery, and will be discharged within the next few days.

Meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, is typically caused by viruses or bacteria that infect blood and the cerebral-spinal fluid. According to health professionals, the disease is spread through close, immediate, and intimate contact with an infected individual, such as through saliva. The most common symptoms of meningitis include high fever, severe and sudden headache, and stiff neck.

More information about meningitis can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website here.

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