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Moravian College Issues Health Advisory Regarding Meningitis

12/1/2011

To the members of the College Community, 

All reports up to the present time appear to point to Viral Meningitis.  Again we have been in touch with the Health Bureau and the Hospital lab. After a 48 hour reading of the culture report it does remain negative.  Tomorrow afternoon we will have the Final report.  According to the CDC and all involved no action is required at this time. I will email a final report tomorrow afternoon.

If anyone has any questions please refer to the CDC website or if you have any questionable symptoms and the Health Center is closed please go to the emergency room. 

Stella Gordon RN
Coordinator Health Center

Moravian College

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Bethlehem, Pa., November 30, 2011

To members of the College Community:

We would like to make you aware that a female undergraduate Moravian student who commutes to campus and does not live in College housing is suspected to have a case of meningitis.  Her contact with the campus community was limited only to classes on Monday.  Please note that the risk of contracting the disease merely from being in class with the student is low.  This disease is typically spread only through close contact such as shared saliva, or prolonged contact with a person who is infected.  It is not spread through casual contact.

A viral or bacterial determination has not yet been made.  We are working closely with St. Luke’s Infection Control Department and the Bethlehem Health Bureau to monitor this case and follow their guidelines.  We are waiting until we have confirmation of the disease and type before any precautionary measures are taken.  Infectious disease experts do not recommend treatment for people with casual or random exposure.

At this point, no action is required by members of the campus community.   We will keep the entire campus community informed via e-mail as we learn additional information.

Additional information can be found on the website of the Centers for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html.

Questions may be directed to the Health Center at 610-861-1567.

Thanks,
Stella Gordon R.N.
Moravian College
Health Center Coordinator