U of I Student Hospitalized With Bacterial Meningitis

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Every member of a University of Idaho fraternity was provided antibiotics in the wake of the confirmation that one of the fraternity's students had contracted bacterial meningitis. The diagnosis was confirmed Oct.  1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that there are approximately 3,100 cases of bacterial meningitis each year in the U.S. Nearly 500 people each year die from the disease.


U of I officials sent out a campus alert Wednesday evening, notifying students of the situation, and detailing the symptoms of the infection: fever, severe headache, chills, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting, joint or muscle pain and a red or purple rash.

U of I Dean of Students Bruce Pitman said the university "acted immediately" and met with student leaders from the fraternity and promptly distributed antibiotics to each member of the fraternity.

Pitman says the infected student was expected to recover, but remained hospitalized Thursday.