Student likely has bacterial meningitis

January 29, 2009 9:10:46 PM PST
A college just north of New York City says a student is in critical condition with what is probably bacterial meningitis. Iona College says the 19-year-old man went home to Long Island on Tuesday and was hospitalized Wednesday.

Meningitis is a swelling of the membranes around the spinal cord and brain and can be fatal. Symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting.

The New Rochelle school says it's providing preventive antibiotics to students who could have been exposed through shared food, drinks or cigarettes or other direct contact. It says there's no need to treat casual contact, such as sharing a classroom.

Iona College has about 4,300 students. It was founded by the Christian Brothers in 1940.

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On the Net:

Department of Health info on meningitis:
http://www.nyhealth.gov/diseases/communicable/meningococcal/fact-she et.htm


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