Ohio University students warned of case of viral meningitis on campus

An Ohio University student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, according to an email from Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones.

The email was sent out to students at about 8 p.m. Monday.

“The student is under a physician’s care and I know you will join me in wishing our Bobcat a full and quick recovery,” Hall-Jones said in the email.

According to the Center for Disease Control’s website, that type of meningitis is often transmitted through close contact with someone who has the disease.

Hall-Jones said that may include direct contact with saliva, mucus or other respiratory secretions, comparing it to the common cold. She advised practicing “good personal hygiene.”

Common symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to bright light, nausea, lethargy and vomiting. Most people with viral meningitis usually get better on their own within seven to 10 days, according to the CDC’s website.

Hall-Jones recommended that students go to Campus Care in Hudson Health Center if they have concerns or notice symptoms.




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