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Three meningitis cases repored at Penn

February 15, 2009

The University of Pennsylvania has warned its students that three of their peers have been diagnosed with meningitis, a school spokeswoman says.

University spokeswoman Phyllis Holtzman said as a precaution the school canceled all Greek and school-sponsored events for the weekend and is offering medical assistance at the college’s special health services clinic, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

We believe the common point is that the students had been at a Greek event or in close contact with someone who was, Holtzman said.

The college officials said one of the three students hospitalized with meningitis was in critical condition, while the other two were stable.

Penn freshman Sara Schults told the Inquirer the meningitis scare has students concerned for their health and choosing to be cautious about communal campus activities.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord that can be fatal. Symptoms of the medical condition, brought about by a bacterial or viral infection, include light sensitivity, severe headache, fever, lethargy and rash.

Source: upi