Breaking: Student infected with meningitis

In a public health alert email, Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson and Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services James Welsh alerted the Georgetown University community of a case of meningitis in an undergraduate student. Meningitis is a severe illness and poses a public health risk to campus.

Meningitis is an extremely virulent infection of the membranes that line the central nervous system. Meningitis is contagious and can be spread through respiratory moisture.

While health officials have yet to determine the exact cause and type of this case of meningitis, the University still advises caution on the part of students, faculty, and staff.

“Student Health Services are encouraging members of the University community to pay increased attention to personal hygienic practices, including washing hands with soap and water or using alcohol based hand-sanitizers regularly,” Olson and Welsh wrote. “To limit the spread of illness, you should avoid sharing cups, cosmetics, toothbrushes, smoking materials or anything that comes in contact with the mouth.”

Olson and Welsh noted that vaccination prevents most forms of meningitis and that students who have questions about vaccines can visit the Student Health Center.

The name and condition of the infected student are currently unknown.

Additional reporting by Julia Jester

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