RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com/AP) — A staff member at the University of California, Riverside, has been diagnosed with meningitis in what authorities say marks the fifth-such diagnosis within in the UC system in recent months.

KNX 1070’s Brian Ping reports the employee, who does not work directly with students, was diagnosed over the weekend.

The employee, whose name has not been released, is being treated at a hospital, school officials said.

UC Riverside spokeswoman Kris Lovekin said everyone on campus should follow basic tips to lessen their risk.

“It’s important for the college environment to keep mentioning hygiene, keep mentioning best practices, keep mentioning how do you stay health, how do you get your rest,” Lovekin said.

Four students were diagnosed with meningitis last month at UC Santa Barbara, where a freshman lacrosse player had both feet amputated when the disease affected the blood supply to his limbs.

More than 300 students who had contact with the ill students have been given antibiotics, the Associated Press reported.

Meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or prolonged contact. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, and nausea.

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