Case of bacterial meningitis confirmed at CCSU

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“Central Connecticut State University is taking precautions after learning of a case of meningitis.”

December 3, 2018
WFSB

SUMMARY

Central Connecticut State University is taking precautions after learning of a case of meningitis.

University President Zulma R. Toro wrote to the CCSU community to inform them of the steps the school is taking.

"Late [Sunday], we shared information with you about one of our students who recently became seriously ill and, as a safety precaution, has been receiving treatment for a suspected case of bacterial meningitis," Toro said.

On Monday, the state's Dept. of Public Health confirmed the exact strain as Meningococcal Meningitis Type B.

“When we talk about meningitis it usually presents with fever, a very bad headache, it can progress to seizures and even a coma in some cases," said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, chief of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of Central Connecticut.

She said while symptoms of meningitis are similar to that of the flu, it doesn't spread quite so easily.

"This bacteria is spread by close personal contact such as kissing or coughing right on a person it doesn’t exist outside the human body for a very long period of time," Bieluch said.

With vaccines available, it's a rare disease in the U.S.

The last case in Connecticut was in 2016.

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Emma Harrison