Pitt students to receive antibiotics after suspected bacterial meningitis case

April 6, 2018

A University of Pittsburgh student-athlete is recovering from a case of potential bacterial meningitis, officials said Wednesday.

Pitt said tests on the student, who ran track and lives in the Sutherland East dormitory, were done Tuesday. Results to confirm the illness will take three days from that time.

As a precaution, a spokesman said other students living on the floor of the residence will be provided a single-dose antibiotic. Those who had direct contact with the student are being given preventative antibiotics.

Spokesman Kevin Zwick would not reveal how many students would be administered antibiotics.

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membrane surrounding the brain or the spinal cord. It is contagious and can be transmitted through bodily fluids, such as saliva or perspiration.

“Bacterial meningitis is not transmitted through air or on surfaces,” Pitt said in a statement.

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis first present as the flu, but can rapidly worsen and be life-threatening. The most common symptoms include fever, headache and a stiff neck. Other additional symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and confusion.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at 412-871-2346, selliott@tribweb.com or via Twitter @41Suzanne.