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University of Kentucky releases statement regarding possible case of Bacterial Meningitis on campus

The following is a statement released Monday from the University of Kentucky regarding a possible case of bacterial meningitis:

On Monday, University of Kentucky officials were informed that a student has been hospitalized with a probable case of bacterial meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis is a serious, and potentially fatal disease. In the interest of safety and to ensure everyone’s health and well-being — which is always our first and most important priority — the University is working to provide information to the campus community about bacterial meningitis as well as signs and symptoms of the disease.

The area where the student lives is being professionally cleaned and others who may have been in close contact with the student are being provided further details, information and resources.

Although a confirmation or an exact strain of meningitis has not yet been determined, in the interest of safety and precaution, anyone with signs or symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

 Meningitis symptoms include:
• sudden onset of fever
• headache
• stiff neck

There are often other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia (increased sensitivity to light) and confusion. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days.

Doctors treat bacterial meningitis with a number of antibiotics. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible.

Your safety and health, as always, is our top priority at the University of Kentucky. For more information about bacterial meningitis, go to www.cdc.gov

From University of Kentucky

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