Meningitis case at Duke K-ville campout

February 11, 2009 5:26:47 PM PST
Duke University administrators say a student taking part in the K-ville campout on campus has contracted meningitis.The woman is getting treatment at Duke Hospital and is expected to recover.

Krzyzewskiville, or K-ville is the campout before the big Duke - UNC basketball game scheduled for Wednesday night. Hundreds of students sleep out in tents for days before the event.

School officials say there were 10 other students in the tent with the infected woman. They're now all to be treated with prophylactic antibiotics.

Meningitis is an infection of the linings of the brain and spinal cord. The bacterial form is considered more serious than the viral, but it can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms include vomiting, headaches and high fever. It can be fatal if not treated early enough.

Duke officials say there's little chance the illness spread to other students at the campout, but they're being vigilant.

The Centers for Disease Control says bacterial meningitis is not spread through casual contact, but can spread through respiratory and throat secretions, like coughing, kissing and sharing drinks.


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