Random Observations and Various Rants

Important Health and Safety Message

Posted by Andrew on March 29, 2009

EDIT: 3/30 11:20 AM

Looks like something is going around in the state of Pennsylvania. Penn State also had a case of a student being hospitalized for Bacterial meningitis and 200 students from Coolbaugh Elementary were out sick on Fri 3/27. The sickness isn`t just focused on schools either. The Shawnee playhouse canceled performances on Sat 3/28 and Sun 3/29 because of what they termed a mystery illness.

Posted on the ESU Website.

An off-campus male East Stroudsburg University student has been hospitalized at Pocono Medical Center with a case of bacterial meningitis. East Stroudsburg University and Pennsylvania State Health Department officials are working with his family to identify any person who may be at risk as a result of close physical contact. Students and faculty members who were in the student’s classes are being contacted individually. Current students who live on campus were required by Pennsylvania law to either be immunized against meningococcal disease or complete a waiver of exemption.

If you are experiencing any of the Symptoms of bacterial meningitis described below, you should go to a hospital emergency room or your personal physician immediately. Bacterial meningitis is a serious condition that can be life threatening if not properly treated. The important symptoms are:

– A rash
– Fever
– Headache
– Neck/back stiffness
– Vomiting
– Sensitivity to light
– Mental changes such as confusion
– Lethargy and fatigue

ESU’s Health Center will be open tomorrow, March 29th, from 10 AM to 4 PM to provide information and preventative medication to students, staff and faculty who may be at risk.

Updates will be made on the University’s web site as more information becomes available. Go to ESU`s homepage and click on the ESU Today icon at the top of the page.

For more information you can visit the Center for Disease Control website or the National Foundation for Infectious Disease website which contains substantial information on the disease.

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