Third Meningitis Case Leads to Precautions at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s Student Health Service is advising students who may have been exposed to meningitis to take an antibiotic as a precaution.

A 20-year old female student is currently being treated for meningococcal meningitis, an infection of the spinal fluid, at WVU Hospitals.

“She is clinically improving, responding to medication,” said Jan Palmer, M.D., student health director.

The student health office is working with the Monongalia County Health Department to identify and contact people who may have had significant exposure. Anyone who develops the combination of a stiff neck, headache, high fever, and sore throat, or most of these symptoms, should seek medical attention immediately.

This is the third case of meningitis at WVU this school year. The health service offered similar precautionary treatment in November, when the brother of a WVU student visiting from Virginia was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. Also in November, eight people who had been in contact with a WVU law student who developed a similar illness, meningococcemia, were treated.

Students who need advice or want more information can contact Student Health at 293-2311.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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