The Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed two cases of viral meningitis at the University of Wisconsin
The Department of Health and Environmental Control confirmed two cases of viral meningitis at Bob Jones University.
DHEC said he was informed of a disease in university-related individuals and an investigation was conducted. Two cases of meningitis have been identified but are not part of a larger outbreak, DHEC said.
Individual cases of viral meningitis have not been reported to DHEC. Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissues that covers the brain and the spinal cord. It is caused by many different pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and fungi. Viral meningitis is the most common type of meningitis. Viruses that cause viral meningitis are common in the environment, and meningitis is a complication of these more typical viral infections. Most of the infected individuals will only have a mild illness. Viral meningitis spreads through close contact with an infected person or by touching surfaces to which an infected person has spread the virus. In adults and children, symptoms of viral meningitis may include headache, fever, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, drowsiness or awful awakening, and eye sensitivity to bright light. Among babies symptoms can include fever, irritability, poor nutrition, and babies' awakening. Meningitis due to bacteria may be more serious and treated with antibiotics, whereas viral meningitis is not treated with antibiotics. There is no vaccine against viral meningitis.