Published in Vaccine Weekly, January 12th, 2005
College campuses are inviting environments for the bacterial illness, which inflames the membranes around the brain and spinal cord, because of the opportunity for contact, sharing a soda, eating utensils and generally living in close quarters, health officials say.
Symptoms of the illness, which is spread through saliva, include a fever, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting and sometimes a rash. When appropriate antibiotics are given early, patients can make a full recovery.
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