Here is an “e-lert” I have been sent, modified in light of my own notions of privacy:
A Vanderbilt undergraduate is being treated for meningococcal bacterial meningitis today after being brought to the Vanderbilt emergency room overnight. S/he is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit.
Firstname Lastname, an Arts and Science first-year student and resident of Propernoun Hall on the Commons, was admitted to the hospital around midnight Monday, after s/he experienced a severe headache, rash and high fever. Firstname Lastname is a member of the Shoulda Eta Whata fraternisorority.
Meningococcal bacterial meningitis is a relatively rare but life-threatening infection that is spread by close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “contact” as intimate contact (such as kissing), or prolonged, close face-to-face contact, as in the case of a roommate or teammate. “Casual” contacts in the classroom setting or as a spectator at an athletic event would not be considered high risk contacts.
The risk of infection in contacts can be greatly reduced by taking one tablet of the antibiotic Cipro. There are alternatives for those contacts who are allergic to Cipro. Any students who might have come in close contact with Firstname Lastname in the last week are urged to come to the Student Health Center to obtain preventive medication FREE OF CHARGE. However, students who have had any contact with Firstname Lastname, and are concerned, are welcome to come to Student Health for preventive treatment.
Faculty or staff who might have been exposed should go to Occupational Health Services for free preventive care.
Can you hear those wheels screech? There’s more to the email, but this is my interest: Will the faculty or staff who have been kissing Firstname Lastname please report to the Health Center? Jesus.
Also: yuck. I seriously don’t want this meningococcal thing.