Unconfirmed case of viral meningitis at A&M-Commerce

Sep 23, 2011

COMMERCE - A female student at Texas A&M University-Commerce is being treated at home this week for an unconfirmed case of viral meningitis, not to be confused with the more severe bacterial meningitis.

According to Maxine Mendoza-Welch, Student Health Services at A&M-Commerce, the student fell ill Sunday Sept. 18, went home and returned to class Monday Sept. 19 after her condition improved. On Tuesday, after a high fever, stiff neck and severe headache, she was taken by her parents to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with an unconfirmed case of viral meningitis. The case remains unconfirmed as a spinal tap was not administered, and the student remains at home as she recovers from her illness.

As a precaution, Mendoza-Welch urges students to utilize standard precautions as they would during a normal flu season: cover your cough, wash your hands often, don't touch your face without washing your hands, and do not share your beverage, lip stick or chap stick with another person. Students with a fever or those feeling severely ill should stay home, and contact their primary care physician or Student Health Services at 903-886-5853.