Dec 12, 2013 8:16 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Cal Poly student diagnosed with meningitis

Cal Poly officials say a Cal Poly student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis.

They say the student is an off-campus resident and is receiving medical care. Staff members with the Cal Poly Health Center have informed other students who've been in contact with the infected student and advised them of the symptoms.

Health officials say the symptoms of meningitis include fever, stiff neck, headache, confusion and often a rash. It can be transmitted through close contact with an infected person, such as kissing and sharing cups, silverware, toothbrushes, and cigarettes.

Cal Poly officials say it's believed this is an isolated case. Students who have been in contact with the infected student are not being told to take special medication.

This diagnosis comes after four students from UC Santa Barbara were diagnosed with meningococcal disease.

Cal Poly officials say, while the cases at UCSB are bacterial, the meningitis case at Cal Poly is viral. They say viral meningitis is typically less serious.



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