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At Duke: Meningitis in Krzyzewskiville

A Duke student who has spent time in Krzyzewskiville, the tent village where students sleep out before big basketball games, has contracted meningitis, the university has announced.

University officials say the female first-year Duke student, who has not been identified, is doing fine and that the bacterial infection was detected early.

People in close contact with her, including those who have been sharing her tent, have been given antibiotics.

The student had spiked a high fever and had been vomiting Monday evening or Tuesday morning and was admitted to the emergency room, according to this report in Duke's student newspaper. The meningitis was confirmed Tuesday evening.

The student was no longer staying over in Krzyzewskiville when the infection set in, the paper reported.

The student has bacterial meningitis, which is considered more serious than the viral form. Meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. Duke officials say between 50 and 75 percent of Duke students have previously received a meningitis vaccine, which is recommended but not required by state law.

Symptoms include high fever, vomiting, a stiff neck and severe headache.

NOTE: I've updated our blog with additional information on this meningitis scare. Click here.



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