Friday, September 26, 2008

College student diagnosed with viral meningitis

An upstate New York college student was diagnosed with viral meningitis.

The college told students and parents that there was no cause to panic. About a dozen other students were evaluated for similar viral systems -- one student developed a skin rash and headache, which can be signs of meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person’s spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Some forms of bacterial meningitis are contagious and can be spread through the exchange of coughing and kissing. If not treated quickly with antibiotics, bacterial meningitis can be fatal.

The student was recovering just fine.

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