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Health Alert: Meningitis case at SDSU

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Health officials are notifying anyone who may have come into contact with an SDSU student who has fallen ill, likely from meningococcal disease.

According to the County Health and Human Services Agency, the 18-year-old woman is in grave condition. They're working with San Diego State officials to find other students and staff on campus who might have been exposed between October 5 and October 14. San Diego State has sent emails to those people detailing symptoms and where to go for help.

"While meningococcal disease can be serious and deadly, it is not spread through casual contact. Therefore, the risk to those who were not in close, direct contact is minimal," said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., county public health officer. "Meningococcal disease is spread through close contact with the infected individual. We are working to notify all who may have been exposed to the disease."

Symptoms of meningococcal disease include fever, lethargy, intense headache, stiff neck and/or a rash that doesn't blanch under pressure. It can be spread through close contact only, including through sharing eating utensils or drinking glasses, cigarettes, pipes or water bottles.

Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed is advised to contact SDSU Student Health Services at (619) 594-4325 (select option 2) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Student Health Services office will be open until 6 p.m. Thursday to administer antibiotics to those who believe they were exposed.

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