ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – School officials for Augustana College alerted the campus Thursday that a student has been diagnosed with viral meningitis. The student is currently receiving hospital treatment.
The school also sent information to students, staff, and faculty stating the college will follow the Rock Island County Health department’s guidance, and all should be aware of how to avoid dangerous illnesses like meningitis through frequent hand-washing and other preventative measures.
Though this is so far the only known case of confirmed meningitis at Augustana, it is possible that anyone who has come in contact with a person with meningitis could become infected. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only a small number of people infected actually develop meningitis.
The CDC also says that there is no specific treatment for viral meningitis and that those sick with the illness often recover on their own in 7 to 10 days.