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Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis

This information is being provided to all new college students in the state of Texas. Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast – so take utmost caution. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that causes meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses, leading to 5-15 deaths among college students every year. There is a treatment, but those who survive may develop severe health problems or disabilities.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

There may be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These can occur anywhere on the body.

The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear seek immediate medical attention.

HOW IS BACTERIAL MENINGITIS DIAGNOSED?

HOW IS THE DISEASE TRANSMITTED?

HOW DO YOU INCREASE YOUR RISK OF GETTING BACTERIAL MENINGITIS?

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DISEASE?

CAN THE DISEASE BE TREATED?

               Those living in close quarters
               College students 25 years old or younger

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

H. Mark Guidry, MD, MPH
Public Health Regional Director
Judith Morris, Acting Deputy Reg. Dir. for Admin.
Regional Headquarters Houston
5425 Polk, Suite J
Houston, TX 77023
713/767-3000
FAX 713/767-3049
Contact web sites: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/bacterial.html; www.acha.org