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.