Meningococcal Disease Case Raises Concern at Miami University, Health Officials Investigate

Rashes caused due to meningitis
Rashes caused due to meningitis

United States: Meningococcal disease cases have increased in the United States. Recently, certain reports have confirmed that a case – in a Miami University student – has been reported by public health experts.

As per the officials, the suspected case has been reported from the main campus of Oxford University.

Health officials are currently looking into a potential instance of meningococcal disease involving a student at Miami University, as disclosed on Thursday. The incident has occurred at the university’s primary Oxford campus, the reports by Cincinnati Enquirer underlined.

The Butler County General Health District is actively identifying individuals who have been in close contact with the affected student. Additionally, they are issuing prescriptions for antibiotics to those considered at high risk in order to mitigate any potential spread of the disease.

Statement by the university’s management!

A statement regarding the suspected case was shared by the university management on Thursday. The statement noted, “While the meningococcal disease can be very serious and potentially life-threatening, it is rare, and the overall risk to our Miami community is low.”

Details about Meningococcal disease!

The health department has highlighted that the spread of the disease is possible during food sharing and kissing. It is to be noted that the disease cannot spread through casual contact or by breathing in the same environment as the infected person.

Visual Representation for Meningococcal Disease | Credits: Google Images

The experts have mentioned that the meningococcal disease can progress into meningitis, causing an impact on the brain and spinal cord, and septicemia – causing damage to blood vessels. It is to be noted that the common signs and symptoms of the disease are fever, headache, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, nausea, and confusion.

Similarly, the health authorities have also informed us about symptoms of septicemia, which include fever, chills, cold hands and feet, feeling tired, vomiting, diarrhea, aches, rapid breathing, and a dark purple rash.

Possible treatment against Meningococcal disease!

If meningococcal disease is identified promptly, antibiotics can effectively treat it, and vaccination serves as a preventive measure, according to the department.

Miami University informed students that if they don’t receive communication from the Butler County General Health District, they can reasonably assume that they are not considered high-risk contacts.

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