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October 17, 2014 (San Diego) - A San Diego State Student has been diagnosed with meningitis, a potentially fatal bacterial infection that causes inflammation in the brain and spinal cord.

Because the disease can spread quickly, especially in a campus environment, the university is recommending antibiotics such as Cipro for anyone who came in close contact with the student.

Meningitis symptoms include a high fever, severe headache, nausea and flu-like symptoms.  A red or purple rash can indicate blood poisoning.

The disease can be spread by sharing drinks, utensils or cigarettes, kissing, or other close contact.

A vaccine that can prevent meningitis is now available and being offered at SDSU through campus health services.