February 8, 2015

Testing Confirms Viral Meningitis Diagnosis

Doctors have confirmed that the Guilford College student with meningitis has the viral type. The student remains under medical care.

There have been no other confirmed cases of meningitis among the campus community. Meningitis, inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, is contagious.

Viral meningitis is fairly common and usually doesn’t cause serious illness, but in severe cases can cause prolonged fever and seizures. Bacterial meningitis, while less common, can be deadly and requires prompt medical attention.

Seek medical care immediately if you experience meningitis symptoms, which include:

  • fever,
  • severe, unrelenting headache,
  • confusion,
  • vomiting,
  • stiff neck, especially when you try to touch your chin to your chest.

The following practices can help prevent the spread of meningitis:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom.
  • Stay at home and rest if you are ill. This will help prevent others from being infected.
  • Clean high touch surfaces in your living spaces like keyboards and doorknobs.
  • Avoid kissing and sharing glasses and utensils.

For more information about meningitis, visit the websites of the CDC and Mayo Clinic.