A member of the Columbia University community has been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis. Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection that can be serious but is treatable with antibiotics. In addition to meningitis it can cause blood infections and pneumonia. The disease is spread by close, prolonged contact with the respiratory secretions of a sick person.
Columbia Health has been working very closely with the NYC Department of Health to identify people who have been in contact with the ill CU community member and arrange for them to receive preventative treatment. If you have not been contacted by Columbia Health and believe that you may have been in contact with the individual please contact 212-854-7426.
The Department of Health does not believe there is a risk to the greater Columbia University community. The symptoms of meningococcal disease include: fever, headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, weakness, severe muscle pain, vomiting and rash. If you develop these symptoms please seek medical evaluation.