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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:29 AM   #1
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So correct me if I'm wrong but when a case of Meningitis is reported at a college aren't the students supposed to be told about it?

I just found out tonight at the university I go to that a student is in the hospital with Meningitis and the school isn't telling anyone about it.

Couldn't they be held liable if anyone gets it from this student????
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Old October 7th, 2009, 12:35 AM   #2
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Well there are 2 different types of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Viral is generally not as bad but I would still hope they would tell you guys about it
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Old October 7th, 2009, 01:12 AM   #3
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From what I've heard shes been hospitalized for a week or so. So it sounds like its pretty bad. I just think its shitty that the school is keeping it from everyone.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 02:22 AM   #4
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Yeah, its a good thing you're not paying to be there or anything like that. Errr wait.. Nevermind. Goodluck!
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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:11 PM   #5
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Yeah, its a good thing you're not paying to be there or anything like that. Errr wait.. Nevermind. Goodluck!

Yea it's real nice especially since I pay like $435 a credit hour
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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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Old October 7th, 2009, 10:20 PM   #7
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edit: oops I looked at the wrong avatar's location
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Old October 8th, 2009, 12:03 AM   #8
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Davenport University actually.

I get boned on the price of a credit because it's a private university with no outside funding so we pay out the ass for classes.
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cmu didn't shut down last year i believe for a get who eventually died of meningitis.


my friend actually lives in the same room he use to live in
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Well there are 2 different types of meningitis, viral and bacterial. Viral is generally not as bad but I would still hope they would tell you guys about it
I thought bacterial wasn't as bad since it can be treated with antibiotics, while viral is all up to the body to fight off on its own.
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My friend’s truck was broken into on the campus parking lot in front of our dorms. The campus security put a bag over the window (which was so sweet of them) and claimed they "didn't know how to contact him." This was a Sunday afternoon that it happened, we found out Thursday evening on our own. Keep in mind we register our cars with the campus, and his registration thing was hanging from the mirror like it’s suppose to be, with a number specific to the person its registered to. They also have the ability to send an announcement over the dorms PA system and mass emails to dorm residents. Two other cars were broken into the same day; they wouldn't even let the rest of us know our vehicles could be in danger.

All in all, the moral is they don't care, and they don't want you to know. Oh and also get out of dorms as soon as possible and get cheaper better housing. : P
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My friendís truck was broken into on the campus parking lot in front of our dorms. The campus security put a bag over the window (which was so sweet of them) and claimed they "didn't know how to contact him." This was a Sunday afternoon that it happened, we found out Thursday evening on our own. Keep in mind we register our cars with the campus, and his registration thing was hanging from the mirror like itís suppose to be, with a number specific to the person its registered to. They also have the ability to send an announcement over the dorms PA system and mass emails to dorm residents. Two other cars were broken into the same day; they wouldn't even let the rest of us know our vehicles could be in danger.

All in all, the moral is they don't care, and they don't want you to know. Oh and also get out of dorms as soon as possible and get cheaper better housing. : P
good story
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Sorry didn't mean to hijack, just saying they don't want to tell you anymore than they have to.
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I had encephalitis which is a lot like meningitis. It was pretty sweet.

I would think it would be a little rash for the school to shut down for one student with meningitis. I could see if two or three students had come down with it. I would say if you have the symptoms you should go immediately to the emergency room, oh and don't let some crack pot Dr tell you that you have bronchitis and are being a hypocondriac.
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I thought bacterial wasn't as bad since it can be treated with antibiotics, while viral is all up to the body to fight off on its own.
I was watching the show the doctors and they said bacterial is worse than viral. They said the strain is highly resistant to antibiotics but that the viral usually doesnt cause more than neck stiffness and flu like symptoms.
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I was watching the show the doctors and they said bacterial is worse than viral. They said the strain is highly resistant to antibiotics but that the viral usually doesnt cause more than neck stiffness and flu like symptoms.
yeah, I'm pretty sure that bacterial is worse.
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I had encephalitis which is a lot like meningitis. It was pretty sweet.

I would think it would be a little rash for the school to shut down for one student with meningitis. I could see if two or three students had come down with it. I would say if you have the symptoms you should go immediately to the emergency room, oh and don't let some crack pot Dr tell you that you have bronchitis and are being a hypocondriac.
Same thing happened to my mother. They thought she had viral meningitis. Ended up being encephalitis. Caused tons of irreversible brain damage. Short term memory is virtually gone. Whole brain is FUBAR as far as I'm concerned. She is an entirely different person.


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yeah, I'm pretty sure that bacterial is worse.
Mike is right. It's the bacterial you have to watch out for...

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Is It Viral or Bacterial?

Meningitis is difficult to recognize, understand and diagnose.

Essentially, there are two major divisions of meningitis -- viral (caused by a virus) and bacterial (caused by one of several types and strains of bacteria residing in the throat or nasal passages). The bacterial form of meningitis is extremely dangerous, fast-moving and has the most potential for being fatal. For many survivors, the long-term effects can be debilitating, possibly including multiple amputations, hearing loss and kidney damage. Many (but not all) forms of bacterial meningitis can be prevented by vaccination. Viral meningitis has similar symptoms to bacterial meningitis, but is neither as deadly nor as debilitating for the most part. According to the CDC, there is no specific treatment available for viral meningitis at this time. Most patients recover on their own.
If it's bacterial then I believe everyone has to be notified because everyone that has come in contact with that person must be tested.
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i believe they are supposed to notify everyone who may come in contact with the ill person. good luck
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yeah, I'm pretty sure that bacterial is worse.
Yup Bacterial is WAAAAYYY worse because it multiplies so quickly. The viral is the one you want, the mortality rate with bacterial is very high. It is sort of counter intuitive. It sounded like something northwood would do(suprised it wasnt them), wouldnt want to have mommy and daddies money be moved somewhere else next semester due to a health scare .
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What's weird is that I found out later that the virus that attacked my heart heart as a secondary infection to my encephalitis was actually an echovirus which can also cause viral meningitis. Echovirus comes coming into contact with dirty people who don't wash their hands is what they told me.
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