Widener student diagnosed with viral Meningitis

CHESTER, Pa. - March 21, 2014

University officials say the student is recovering off campus, and there have been no other reported cases on their campus.

They say this strain of viral meningitis is less severe than bacterial meningitis, which killed a Drexel University student.

The university sent out an email informing students and staff of the student's illness, and to remind them of the symptoms and to take precautions.

Common symptoms in adults are similar to annual flu symptoms: high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, sleepiness, nausea, vomiting and/or lack of appetite.

Viral meningitis symptoms usually last from 7 to 10 days, and people with normal immune systems usually recover completely.

Student Health Services recommends the following preventative measures to avoid the spread of viruses, including viral meningitis:

Wash your hands thoroughly and often, especially after coughing, blowing your nose or using the bathroom.

Always cough into your sleeve or tissue and use hand sanitizer often.

Clean contaminated surfaces, such as doorknobs, computer keyboards or the TV remote control, with soap and water and then disinfect them with a dilute solution of chlorine-containing bleach.

Avoid kissing or sharing a drinking glass, eating utensil, lipstick, or other such items with sick people or with others when you are sick.

Information about viral meningitis is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html

Students are asked to contact Student Health Services at (610) 499-1183 or contact your primary care provider if they have concerns.

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