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Probable case of bacterial meningitis reported in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

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

Marquette University medical director Carolyn Smith said the student lives in a campus residence hall and his hospitalized.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the student's roommate is receiving preventative treatment.

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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