George Washington Student Dies From Meningitis

Infected graduate student lived off-campus

Friday, Dec 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:21 PM EDT
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GW Student Dies From Meningitis

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A graduate student at The George Washington University has died from meningococcal meningitis -- a rare but contagious disease.

University officials have not identified the student but did say the person lived off-campus.

GWU contacted 35 people that the student had contact with before dying. The school is offering free health screenings and antibiotics to those people if needed.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms include a high fever, stiff neck, headache and nausea. It can be prevented with a vaccination and treated with antibiotics.

This is the only known case of meningitis in school’s history.

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