- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Milwaukee health officials say they have received a report of a probable case of bacterial meningitis in a student affiliated with Marquette University.

Officials are working with the university’s medical clinic to begin following up with those who were in close contact with the student.

Bacterial meningitis is also called meningococcal disease. It is spread through respiratory and throat secretions and is most commonly spread through direct, close contact with an infected person. It is not spread by casual contact or thought the air.

Symptoms include rapid onset of a fever, headache and stiff neck. Other symptoms can include vomiting, rash, and confusion. Bacterial meningitis requires immediate medical attention and can be treated with antibiotics.

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