01/17/2007

WVU Continues Meningitis Precautions

No additional cases confirmed

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University’s Student Health Service provided antibiotics to about 60 students Tuesday and Wednesday as a precaution for possible exposure to meningitis. Six students who showed symptoms were admitted to WVU Hospitals for evaluation and observation, but no new cases had been confirmed as of 5 p.m.

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, and continues to respond to treatment,” said Karen Clark, M.D., a physician at student health.  

The Student Health Service, working with local health officials, has been seeking out people who had significant contact with the student, who fell ill over the holiday weekend. They have advised anyone who develops the combination of a stiff neck, headache, high fever, and sore throat, or most of these symptoms, to seek medical attention immediately.

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) 276-0422
bovinost@wvuh.com
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