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 Meningitis Alert 

 

SPOTLIGHT

UPDATE:  May 2, 2005, 8:00am....

ENCOURAGING NEWS:
Student is awake and is communicating. No further cases of meningitis have been reported and diagnosed. We will continue to post updates as needed.

UPDATE:  4/28/05, 1:00pm

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 reported.

UPDATE:  4/27/05, 3:45pm
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.

UPDATE:  
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 treatment.

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 meningitis.

RISK OF EXPOSURE CAN BE REDUCED BY:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • Getting adequate rest, diet, exercise
  • Avoiding direct contact with others who have upper respiratory infections
  • Avoid smoking, stress, EXCESSIVE USE OF ALCOHOL

Further information about meningitis is available at this CDC site: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/meningococcal_g.htm

 

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