Suspected meningitis case at Penn State

March 30, 2009 10:34:05 AM PDT
A 20-year-old student at Penn State University is being treated for what school health officials call a probable case of bacterial meningitis. A university spokeswoman says the student has been taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he is in critical condition.

The student lived at a fraternity house. Fraternity members have been asked to get medical treatment as a precaution.

About 40 people have been treated as of Saturday. Health officials are trying to determine anyone else who may be at risk.

Meningococcal meningitis is a contagious and potentially fatal infection of the central nervous system.

It is typically not transmitted by routine contact, but is spread by saliva or other close, prolonged contact with an infected person.

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