LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A Cal State Long Beach student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis was recovering Wednesday, according to a report.
KNX 1070’s Charles Feldman reports several people who were in close contact with the off-campus housing student have also been treated just in case.
Long Beach city health official Dr. Mitchell Kushner said the student was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, the bacterial form of meningitis.
In most cases, bacterial meningitis requires more frequent or intimate contact to readily spread.
“There tend to be more contacts and a little more fear generated if it’s an on-campus situation where there are more intimate contacts,” Kushner said.
No new cases have been reported in Long Beach.
According to Kushner, it was not yet determined whether the Long Beach case is similar to ones at Princeton, where at least eight people have been infected with serogroup B meningococcal disease, which can be life-threatening and requires a vaccine not yet approved in the U.S..
While most people with bacterial meningitis recover, the disease can cause serious complications, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control.