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'Possible meningitis' case reported at ETSU

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Jan 16 2014 10:39:49 AM CST
ETSU campus

ETSU campus

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

There's a warning for the East Tennessee State University campus this afternoon about a possible case of meningitis.

A university press release says a dining services employee at ETSU has been hospitalized with possible meningitis.

ETSU anticipates receiving official confirmation of the diagnosis from public health officials today but the school began taking preventive actions on Wednesday as a precaution. We're told health officials have informed ETSU there has been no risk to the safety of food operations.

ETSU says the employee was not involved in food preparation or service.

Classes were not in session the last time the employee was last on campus.

Here are some more facts about meningitis from the CDC: meningitis is contagious and can be spread person-to-person through the air by coughing and sneezing.

It can also be transmitted through direct contact with an infected person

Common symptoms include fever, severe and persistent headache, chills, body aches, nausea, and neck stiffness.

Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should contact his or her health care provider.