(11/19 at 11:38 p.m.) A second Lehigh student is suspected, but not confirmed, to have a bacterial meningococcal infection (also known as bacterial meningitis.) The student, a freshman male, is currently being treated at St. Luke's Hospital.
Meningitis is typically spread only through close contact such as shared saliva, or prolonged contact with a person who is infected. As a precaution, the university is providing antibiotics tomorrow (Sunday) beginning at 10 a.m. in Lamberton Hall. This includes people who have been vaccinated against meningitis, as they may still be susceptible to the illness.
Some common early symptoms of bacterial meningitis include fever, severe sudden headache, lethargy, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting and rash. It is extremely important to seek medical attention if you do have these symptoms.
Any updates to this will be posted on the university web page, www.lehigh.edu, as we have them. As always, any students who need medical attention overnight should call the Campus Police at 610-758-4200. The campus community will receive a text message and e-mail reminder in the morning as well.
Posted on Saturday, November 19, 2011