Fresno, Calif. - A Fresno State student has been diagnosed with Meningococcal Meningitis. The disease affects the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, that's according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. The school sent out a release Wednesday, saying the university is working with the Fresno County Department of Public Health to protect students and staff. The health department just confirmed to us the student does not live on campus had been hospitalized and is recovering.
The health department says, so far, about 72 students are on a list to receive a one-pill antibiotic to treat the infection. The school is currently identifying students who may have been exposed, then plans to email those students. The school is also asking students to look for symptoms over the next two weeks.
Those symptoms can be:
or a stiff neck...
even vomiting according to the CDC.
we've talked with several students out here who say...
as crazy as the diagnosis is...
they're not worried.
"There's a way to contain something like that, unless it spreads to other students, my worry factor is going to be pretty low, if it starts spreading to other people within the community of Fresno State, than I might have some kind of concern for it, but at the moment it's pretty low," said Senior Biology Major Melissa Thies.
According to the CDC, the disease spreads differently based on the type of bacteria. Health department officials tell us, saliva can also spread infectious bacteria, like kissing or sharing drinks. Any close contact.
The school is asking students to watch for symptoms the next two weeks.