SAN DIEGO – Three college students have been sickened with viral meningitis at San Diego State College, prompting faculty officers and county well being authorities to work collectively to stop a wider outbreak.
Viral meningitis, whereas contagious, just isn’t as critical as its bacterial counterpart and often resolves itself with out remedy in every week to 10 days, based on the county Well being and Human Providers Company and SDSU Scholar Well being Providers.
“San Diego State College Scholar Well being Providers officers are working intently with the San Diego County Well being and Human Providers Company to watch reported instances of meningitis,” based on an SDSU assertion. “At present, we aren’t conscious of any confirmed instances of bacterial meningitis amongst members of the San Diego State College group. We’ve got been notified by the county that there are confirmed instances of viral meningitis among the many SDSU scholar group.”
The businesses stated they might maintain college students and staff knowledgeable concerning the “ongoing well being matter.”
Well being officers cautioned college students and employees to apply good well being habits to stop the unfold of the virus, together with not sharing meals, drinks or smoking materials with different individuals; washing arms earlier than consuming and getting ready meals and after utilizing the restroom; and staying residence when unwell.
SDSU well being officers famous that such practices may also assist shield towards influenza and mononucleosis.
In response to HHSA knowledge, 139 instances of viral meningitis have been reported to the county final yr. Probably the most instances over the current 5-yr interval was 329 in 2014.
The bacterial type is way much less widespread, however the fifty four instances reported final yr have been probably the most throughout these 5 years by a large margin.