BREAKING NEWS: Meningitis Confirmed at the University of Maryland

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Dr. David McBride, director of the University Health Center at the University of Maryland, has confirmed to WNEW that there are multiple confirmed and suspected cases of meningitis at the university. Here is the statement released to WNEW:

“There are confirmed and suspected cases of viral meningitis and viral syndromes on campus, and they are being tracked carefully by the University Health Center in partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department. We have reached out to the organizations that are primarily affected with information about the condition and what to do in the event that they are feeling unwell.”

The Diamondback is reporting that meningitis has had an effect on UMD’s Greek life community.

Junior David Antos said his fraternity’s president brought home informational fliers about meningitis from the Interfraternity Council president’s meeting and encouraged members to look them over Wednesday.

“I’ve heard through the grapevine how it’s been going around Greek Life, so it’s made me more cautious of how I conduct myself,” said Antos, an environmental science major and Sigma Nu fraternity member.

Symptoms of meningitis (Courtesy: asdk12.org)

According to WebMD, meningitis is “a relatively rare infection that affects the delicate membranes — called meninges (men-in’-jeez) — that cover the brain and spinal cord.”

Viral meningitis is less serious than bacterial meningitis. It is unlikely you will get brain damage with viral meningitis and recovery is almost always possible once it is treated.

According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms include:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that isn’t easily confused with other types of headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Vomiting or nausea with headache
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking up
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Lack of interest in drinking and eating
  • Skin rash in some cases, such as in meningococcal meningitis

To prevent contracting meningitis, wash your hands as thoroughly as possible, avoid touching places like doorknobs and remote controls which many people touch, and avoid kissing or sharing cups.

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