UPDATE: May 2, 2005,
Student is awake and is communicating. No further cases of
meningitis have been reported and diagnosed. We will continue to
post updates as needed.
The condition of the SRU student who contracted bacterial
meningitis remains unchanged and remains at Allegheny General
Hospital, Pittsburgh. No other changes in the situation have been
The SRU student who contracted bacterial meningitis is now
STABLE AND IMPROVING.
SRU is following the Centers for Disease Control and Department
of Health Protocols to locate and treat people in direct contact
with the patient.
No further evidence of others with meningitis have been located.
We continue to pursue all other direct contacts.
As of 9:30 a.m., April 27, 2005, condition unchanged. No
other students have been diagnosed with meningitis. All known
direct contacts with ill student received preventative
MENINGITIS ALERT: A
Slippery Rock University student living off-campus recently became
ill and was evaluated at the Student Health Center on Tuesday,
April 26, 2005. He was then sent to Butler Memorial Hospital via
ambulance for further evaluation and treatment. The student was
life-flighted to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where he
is in critical, but stable condition.
The SRU Student Health Center has been information by Dr.
Sdique, emergency room physician at Butler Hospital that the
student has bacterial meningitis. Those in close contact with him
have been identified and are being treated.
A fact sheet about meningitis is available at the Student Health
Center. MENINGITIS IS NOT SPREAD BY CASUAL CONTACT! Healthy
people can carry the meningitis bacteria in their respiratory
system without actually having the disease. Typically, 15-25% of
teenagers might carry this bacteria. Meningitis is spread by DIRECT
CONTACT with respiratory and throat secretions (kissing, shared
drinks) of an infected person. Fewer than 1% of household members
contacting a person with meningitis will become sick with
RISK OF EXPOSURE CAN BE REDUCED BY:
- Frequent hand washing
- Getting adequate rest, diet, exercise
- Avoiding direct contact with others who have upper respiratory
- Avoid smoking, stress, EXCESSIVE USE OF ALCOHOL
Further information about meningitis is available at this CDC