A Elon University student has been diagnosed with meningitis, according to an Elon News Network report today. The report notes that vice president for Student Life, Smith Jackson sent out an email notifying the campus of the meningitis case.

emailThe report does not specify the type of meningitis contracted. Students at risk for infection have been notified and prophylactic antibiotics have been prescribed.

Meningitis is a medical condition characterized by inflammation of the protective membranes in the brain and spinal cord. It can be spread by direct contact with the saliva of an infected individual, and symptoms may be detected within 2-10 days of exposure. Common symptoms can include high fever, rash, severe headache, stomach pain, nausea or vomiting.

Dr. Ginette Archinal, medical director of Elon Student Health Services, says any individuals experiencing one or more of these symptoms should contact their physician immediately. Further questions can be directed to the Office of Student Health and Wellness at 336-278-7200.

Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström
Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström