, Western's health center director , said the patient , a freshman , has not had the common symptoms of the disease and has not been diagnosed with it.Her
parents have requested her
name not be released.
Meningitis was found in her
blood , Greaney
said.Though the woman didn't have symptoms , she
was still considered contagious.
Health officials are taking the same preventative measures to keep the disease from spreading as they would in the case of a diagnosis , Greaney
This really is under control , Greaney
said.We're following the proper protocol for the very few people that need treatment..Greaney
staff is trying to educate students to avoid a mad rush to the clinic for unnecessary treatment.
The clinic staff will get out the information about meningitis transmission , and will then evaluate and treat the students that are concerned , Greaney
The panic that gripped campus after Shults' diagnosis was unwarranted , Greaney
hopes to alleviate unnecessary concerns this time around , she
Meningitis led to the death of 34-year-old Bowling Green City Commissioner Mark Oval Black in February.Black , a Western alumnus , was elected to the position last fall.He
entered the hospital Dec. 28 and was sworn into office on his
hospital bed Jan. 1.He
was diagnosed with non-contagious meningitis , suffered a stroke and later had surgery for a stomach ulcer.He
died Feb. 5.
Last week , a Vanderbilt University student was hospitalized for bacterial meningitis.It was the first case there since 1997.
The student had returned to stable condition this weekend.As a precaution , 150 doses of antibiotics were given to people who were in close contact with her