An Adams State student is being treated for meningitis, according to Ken Marquez, vice president for Student Affairs. The infected student, who does not reside on campus, appears to have the viral form of the disease, rather than more contagious bacterial form. However, the symptoms of both types are similar, so it is essential for people suspected of having meningitis to seek medical care promptly. Bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in serious long-term effects or death.
“We are working with the Alamosa County Health Department to educate our students about meningitis symptoms and prevention,” Marquez said. He suggests that, while not required, students receive the meningococcal vaccination, which is available through a physician or the Health Department.”