Bacterial Meningitis

Bacterial Meningitis is a serious, potentially deadly disease that can progress extremely fast. It is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial Meningitis strikes about 3,000 Americans each year, including 100-125 on college campuses. This disease is transmitted when people exchange saliva (such as by kissing, or by sharing drinking containers, utensils, cigarettes, toothbrushes, etc.) or come in contact with respiratory or throat secretions. Symptoms includes high fever, rash or purple patches on skin, light sensitivity, confusion and sleepiness, lethargy, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck, nausea, and seizures. The more symptoms, the higher the risk, so when these symptoms appear seek immediate medical attention. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the likelihood of recovery.

Pursuant to HB 4189, all incoming residents of UT Tyler Housing are required to show confirmation from a doctor that they have received a meningitis vaccination no less than 10 days before they will be permitted to move in to on-campus housing. This will affect all incoming residents of Patriot Village, Ornelas Hall, and University Pines.

For more information, contact the Texas Department of Health office at (903)595-3585 or (903)533-3373. Informational web sites: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo OR http://www.acha.org