2010-02-18 / Local & State

Penn St. Says Student Has Probable Meningitis

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – A Penn State student is being treated for what the school calls a probable case of bacterial meningitis.

The school said Friday the unidentified student who lives in a campus residence hall is being treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The university says friends and close contacts of the student have been called and offered medication.

Meningococcal meningitis is a contagious and potentially fatal infection of the central nervous system.

It is typically not transmitted by routine contact, but is spread by saliva or close, prolonged contact with an infected person.

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