Bacterial Meningitis is a potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also infect the blood. This disease affects about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100 to 125 in colleges or universities, leading to five to 15 deaths among college students every year.
There is treatment, but those who survive could develop severe health problems and disabilities. An antibiotic treatment, if received early, can save lives and increases the chance of recovery.
Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis include: high fever, rash or purple patches on skin, sensitivity to light, confusion, sleepiness, lethargy, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, nausea, seizures. There might be a rash of tiny, red-purple spots caused by bleeding under the skin. These could occur anywhere on the body. The more symptoms, the higher the risk. When these symptoms appear, seek immediate medical attention.
For details about Bacterial Meningitis, contact your private health care provider, contact TSTC Student Health Services located in the Student Center, the Texas Department of Health Services at 956.423.0130, extension 544, or on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html or http://www.acha.org/Topics/meningitis.cfm
If you are a new student and planning to live in housing, you must receive a bacterial meningitis vaccine a minimum of ten days prior to moving in. For more information, contact the Housing Office at (956) 364-4235 or at http://www.harlingen.tstc.edu/housing/Dorms.aspx