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Cougar Health Services August 2019

Information Regarding Bacterial Meningitis

Medical professionals from Washington State University’s Cougar Health Services have received inquiries regarding reports of a case of meningitis on the WSU Pullman campus. There are many causes of meningitis, and although they are all serious, they are not all equally contagious. Please know that WSU does NOT have meningococcal meningitis on campus, which is the most dangerous form of meningitis for college students.

Cougar Health Services has been in contact with the Department of Health and have determined that there are no additional recommended preventive measures related to meningitis for campus members or close contacts of an ill student at this time. WSU campus members are not currently at increased risk for contracting meningitis.

As always, anyone with symptoms of illness or questions about their personal health should contact their healthcare provider for advice. Pullman students can contact Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575 or schedule an appointment at https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/appointments/

For more information about meningitis: https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/index.html

While meningococcal meningitis is not currently present on the WSU Pullman campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do recommend that all adolescents receive a meningococcal immunization. Many WSU students have already received this vaccine. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/meningococcal/vaccine-info.html

Faculty and staff guide for helping students in distress

Aerial view of Pullman campus
Picture of WSU Pullman campus on a sunny day

Faculty and staff are often able to recognize when a student is struggling, but it can be hard to know what to say or do.

To ensure students get the support they need, Student Affairs created a comprehensive guide that faculty and staff can reference when they’re concerned about a student.

The guide covers how to recognize common signs of distress, helpful ways to respond to a student, campus and community support resources, and reporting options.

Each WSU location has a guide with specific campus and community resources. View the guide for your WSU location below: