Loyola confirms case of bacterial meningitis

BALTIMORE - Loyola University has confirmed that one of its students has a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.

In an email sent to students Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students, Sheilah Shaw Horton, Ph.D. told students about the diagnosis.

Shaw Horton wrote that the student is in the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

She continued later that they " do not believe this situation poses a risk to the broader campus community. Bacterial meningitis is not considered to be highly communicable, but can be transmitted between people who have had very close contact."

In addition to the health center, the school is offering a counseling center and campus ministry resources for students who may be experiencing stress, worry or other difficulties during this time.

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis

The CDC lists the following as signs and symptoms of the infection:

  • Sudden onset of fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental status

Symptoms can appear quickly or over several days, and typically develop within 3-7 days after exposure. For more information visit www.cdc.gov/meningitis/bacterial.html.

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