The Syracuse University student has been discharged from the hospital and is recovering at home.
The student’s close contacts (who are at increased risk of infection) have been identified and provided with prophylactic antibiotics.
Meningococcal disease is a rare but very serious illness caused by a type of bacterium called Neisseria Meningitidis. People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions such as kissing, sharing food , drinks and smoking. Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent meningococcal disease.
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