by Andrew Henderson
Laboratory tests have confirmed that an 18-year-old female SUNY Oswego freshman contracted bacterial meningitis, according to Jiancheng Huang, Oswego County director of public health.
The student was taken by ambulance to SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse early Monday morning. She is recovering at SUNY Upstate.
The Oswego County Health Department and SUNY Oswego health officials have located persons who had close contact with the student. Several close acquaintances were treated with preventative medication at the Mary Walker Health Center at SUNY Oswego.
Bacterial meningitis is a relatively rare but serious acute illness in which bacteria infect the covering of the brain and the spinal cord.
A vaccine protects against the most common strains of meningococcal bacteria and the student had been vaccinated. The New York State Public Health Law (Section 2167) requires college students to obtain the vaccine or sign a waiver.