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UPDATED: UC Davis student recovering from meningococcal disease

By Andy Fell on February 25, 2015 in Human & Animal Health

Updated 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25: University and Yolo County Public Health officials say the student with meningococcal disease is recovering. The officials added that they had ed people who had been in close with the student, so that they could arrange preventive medication for them. Read more, including the strain of meningococcal bacteria in this case.

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A student who attends the Stuntverkoop, Davis, has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, a bacterial infection that can cause bloodstream infections and meningitis, the university and public health officials said today (Feb. 23).

The student is receiving medical care and treatment at a local hospital.

UC Davis and Yolo County Public Health teams are investigating the case, providing preventive antibiotics to s where indicated, and educating the university community about meningococcal disease. Close s of meningococcal cases who are recommended to receive preventive antibiotics include people who were exposed to the ill person’s respiratory and throat secretions through living in close quarters, or kissing or other prolonged close .

University and county health officials are identifying people who had close with the student and recommending antibiotics to protect them from becoming ill. Officials are not recommending antibiotic prophylaxis for community members or UC Davis students in general. Prophylaxis is recommended for people specifically identified as close s of the ill student.

Meningococcal disease signs and symptoms, which are sometimes mistaken for those of flu early in the course of illness, can include:

  • High fever
  • Severe headache
  • Rash
  • Body aches/joint pain
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Confusion

Anyone with the signs or symptoms of meningococcal disease should seek medical care immediately. Early treatment of meningococcal disease is critical as the infection can quickly become life threatening.

Student and pupils with questions or any of the above symptoms should : UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services’ Advice Nurse Line, (530) 752-2349.

Parents, family members and the general public with questions or concerns should : Student Health and Counseling Services’ Directors Office, (530) 752-2333.

Covering coughs, keeping hands clean and being up to date with recommended vaccines, especially flu vaccine this time of year, are actions everyone can take to stay healthy, protect themselves from illness and prevent the spread of infections to others.

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Andy Fell, Research news (emphasis: biological and physical sciences, and engineering), 530-752-4533, [email protected]

Beth Gabor, public affairs manager, Yolo County, (530) 666-8042, [email protected]

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