Student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis at Chapman University

A student at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, according to a report from The Panther.

The university was reportedly notified of the infection April 2. On April 5, Yocum Gaffney, the associate dean of students for the university, sent out a health advisory email to the school community. The email stated the university is working with the Orange County Health Agency and has contacted individuals who came in close contact with the infected student within the last 10 days, according to the report. These individuals were offered a dose of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin as a preventative measure.

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The student has reportedly been released from the hospital and is no longer contagious.

Bacterial meningitis is transmissible via person-to-person contact and is characterized by fever, headache and stiff neck. Death can occur in as little as few hours.

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