Humboldt State student with meningitis preparing to leave hospital

Dec 1, 2014 12:58 PM by News Staff

A Humboldt State University student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis last week is expected to be well enough to leave a Redding hospital today, according to the school's website.

The university issued an advisory for students in Sunset Hall last week.

Bacterial meningitis - a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord - is sometimes fatal and can spread through the exchange of respiratory and throat secretions by, for example, kissing. It is not spread by casual contact or by simply breathing the air where an infected person has been.

The University has received no reports of additional cases. One sick student called the campus health advice center on Sunday, but did not have the disease and is feeling much better.

Today is the last day the University will offer preventative prescriptions for the antibiotic.


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