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Possible case of bacterial meningitis reported at WSU

December 09, 2010
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SEATTLE — A student at Washington State University (WSU) was hospitalized Wednesday by a possible case of bacterial meningitis, according to The Seattle Times.
According to Dennis Garcia, director of WSU Health and Wellness Services, symptoms of meningitis include high fever, headaches and a stiff neck, which can develop in a matter of hours but sometimes don''t develop until one or two days after infection.
WSU spokesman Darin Watkins said the student estimated there were only a handful of people with whom he''d been in close contact with him over the past few days, including his roommates, his girlfriend and a few friends, the article noted.
Whitman County Public Health officials have contacted people the student thought might be at risk and advised them to undergo antibiotic treatment to prevent the bacteria from spreading further, the article stated.
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