Lehigh U student suspected of having meningitis

November 18, 2011 4:34:21 AM PST
Officials at Lehigh University say a student has been hospitalized with a suspected case of bacterial meningitis.

The school on Thursday urged those who have had close, direct contact with the female undergraduate to get preventive antibiotics from the university health center. They note the student attended a fraternity party on Tuesday night.

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

It is typically not transmitted by casual contact, but is spread by saliva or close, prolonged exposure with an infected person. Symptoms include fever, severe sudden headache, lethargy, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting and rash.

Lehigh is a private university in Bethlehem serving about 4,700 undergraduate students.

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