Meningococcal meningitis hits 3 at Santa Clara University

Feb 4, 2016 6:37 PM by News Staff

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - A third student at Santa Clara University has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis.

KNTV reports Thursday that the Santa Clara County Health Department says like the first two cases, this student is infected with the bacteria.

As of Thursday morning, two students remained hospitalized and both are listed in fair condition. A third student was discharged in good condition. All three became sick on Jan. 31, the station reports.

So far, more than 200 students have received preventative antibiotics.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious illness caused by bacteria that can infect the blood or areas around the brain and spinal cord.

The university is encouraging anyone with symptoms to seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, headache, stiff neck and extreme sleepiness.

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