SDSU student hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis

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The SDSU case is the eighth reported case of meningococcal disease in San Diego County this year

September 5, 2018
San Diego Union Tribune

SUMMARY

A San Diego State University student was being treated in a hospital Wednesday after being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, university officials said.

Campus administrators and county health officials are “monitoring the case” and have notified those who were in close contact with the undergraduate student, authorities said.

The student’s name was not released.

“Meningococcal disease can be serious and deadly, but it is not spread through casual contact,” San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said in a news release. “The risk to those who were not in close, direct contact is minimal.”

The bacteria can be spread through close contact such as kissing, living in close quarters or sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, cigarettes, pipes or water bottles, county health officials said.

It can also be transmitted through the air by sneezing or coughing droplets of respiratory secretions into the air, or through speaking closely face-to-face, said Dr. Cynthia Cornelius, the university’s medical director.

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Emma Harrison