Ga. Tech student hospitalized with meningitis symptoms

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ATLANTA -- A Georgia Tech student has been hospitalized after showing signs of bacterial meningitis. The female student was treated and has been responding to the treatments.

Georgia Tech's Stamps Health Services says they took immediate actions to communicate with the student's housemates. To date, none of the student's housemates have shown any symptoms.

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An outbreak of bacterial meningitis at Princeton University has campus officials there moving to offering a new vaccine, not yet approved for use in the United States in an attempt to fight the disease. The new vaccine has only been approved for use in Europe and Australia.

The Princeton outbreak has sickened seven individuals at the New Jersey university.

Stamps Health Services says to help prevent the spread of any communicable disease, that students should increase hygienic practices such as hand-washing, not sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, cigarettes and other items.

Bacterial meningitis is contagious, but only transmitted through very close personal contact with exchange of saliva or respiratory secretions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta say symptoms for bacterial meningitis include nausea, vomiting, an increased sensitivity to light and confusion. They said the symptoms can appear quickly, or present themselves over several days. Typically, the CDC said, the symptoms develop within three-to-seven days after exposure.

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