University of Kentucky officials were informed this week that a student has been hospitalized with a probable case of bacterial meningitis.

Bacterial meningitis is a serious, and potentially fatal disease. In the interest of safety and to ensure everyone’s health and well-being – which is always our first and most important priority — the University is working to provide information to the campus community about bacterial meningitis as well as signs and symptoms of the disease.

The area where the student lives is being professionally cleaned and others who may have been in close contact with the student are being provided further details, information and resources.

Although a confirmation or an exact strain of meningitis has not yet been determined, in the interest of safety and precaution, anyone with signs or symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

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Signs and Symptoms:

Meningitis symptoms include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • headache
  • stiff neck

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There are often other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia (increased sensitivity to light) and confusion. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days.

Doctors treat bacterial meningitis with a number of antibiotics. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible.

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