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Published On: Thu, Nov 21st, 2013

Georgia Tech student hospitalized and being treated for symptoms of bacterial meningitis

A Georgia Tech has been hospitalized after presenting symptoms of bacterial meningitis, according to a Stamps Health Services notice released yesterday. They report the student is responding to antibiotic treatment.

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Neisseria meningitidis
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According to Stamps Director, Dr. Gregory Moore, the student resided in non-university housing. Because the student had symptoms of bacterial meningitis, the student’s housemates were immediately notified to report to Stamps Health Services for evaluation and to possibly receive prophylactic medication as a precautionary measure. Approximately 100 students have reported to Stamps Health Services in response.

This possible bacterial meningitis case at Georgia Tech follows the declared meningococcal meningitis outbreak at Princeton University in New Jersey and the two cases reported at the UC Santa Barbara in California.

What is meningitis, how do you get infected and how can you prevent it?

Stamps advises members of the campus community concerned about possible exposure or who exhibit these symptoms should contact their local physician. Concerned students may report to Stamps Health Services or after hours to Emory Midtown Hospital located at 550 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308, (404) 686-4411.

Concerned students may contact Stamps Health Services during the following normal operating hours:

Medical Clinic Hours:
Mon. – Wed.:  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thurs.:  9a.m.  – 5 p.m.
Fri.:  8 a.m.  – 5 p.m.
(404) 894-1420

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