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Purdue University: Campus reports meningitis case

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    September 23, 2009

    Campus reports meningitis case

    A Purdue University undergraduate student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, school officials said Tuesday.

    The student, who lives on campus, has been hospitalized and is in stable condition.

    The university is attempting to contact people who lived or worked closely with the student so they can be informed and provided with a prophylactic antibiotic.

    Dr. Sarah Sayger, medical director of Purdue Student University Heath Center, said bacterial meningitis is a rare but serious disease.

    It can be transmitted by recurrent exposure to saliva, coughing or other direct contact, but it is not highly communicable, she said.

    Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, discomfort when looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness.

    Students who have questions about whether they are at-risk should call the health center at (76....