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Shippensburg student has meningitis

November 21, 1998

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A Shippensburg University student is in grave condition in Chambersburg Hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis. The student was taken to the hospital late Friday morning.

Meningitis is a condition in which there is an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It occurs rarely and sporadically. Approximately 10 percent of the population carry meningococcal bacteria in the nose and throat in a harmless state.

Early symptoms of meningococcal meningitis include fever, severe sudden headache accompanied by mental changes (i.e. malaise, lethargy), and neck stiffness. A rash may begin as a red eruption, mainly on the arms and legs. It may evolve into a rash of small dots that do not change with pressure.

Any Shippensburg University student or employee who is experiencing these symptoms should call Etter Health Center at 1-717-532-1458 or toll-free at 1-888-200-1220 for information, or contact their personal physician.

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