ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- Health officials say a Washington University student has contracted meningococcal disease, the bacteria responsible for bacterial meningitis.
University officials say they are notifying people who may have been in close contact with the female student in the past 10 days.
According to the school's release, the meningococcal bacteria can be transmitted through kissing, sneezing and coughing, or sharing food or drink. Officials say students who had casual contact with the student, such as attending the same class, are not at risk.
Meningitis infection can show up in a person by a sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, or confusion. These symptoms typically develop within three to seven days after exposure, according to the release.
Students and staff who believe they may be at risk are told to contact the university's Health and Wellness Center at 314-935-6677.
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