Health authorities: College takes appropriate action

Public health authorities on Saturday confirmed that the Oswego freshman who died Friday succumbed to bacterial meningococcal disease and that the actions the college is taking to prevent further infection are on the mark.

In cooperation with the Oswego County Health Department and Oswego Hospital, SUNY Oswego’s Walker Health Center is dispensing preventative medication to those who may have been exposed to the victim’s saliva by, for example, sharing a drink or food. About 60 people received this preventative antibiotic Friday at the health center and more on Saturday.

Members of the campus community who have flu-like symptoms that develop to include stiff neck, headache, mental confusion and red or purple rash should seek medical treatment at the health center or hospital emergency room.

Over the weekend, SUNY Oswego is providing counseling and health services to members of the campus community. Walker Health Center will have special hours Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.

For background information, see President Deborah F. Stanley’s notice to the campus community from 1 p.m. Friday, March 14, and the related public health information cited there. Students, parents and others with questions over the weekend may call 315-312-4887.

More information on the disease is available from the Walker Health Center meningitis FAQ page, the New York State Department of Health Web site—
http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/meningococcal/questions_and_answers.htm
—and from the Oswego County Health Department at 315-349-3547 (or after hours 315-341-0086 and ask for a nursing supervisor).

Links to Oswego County Health Department news releases:
http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/info/news/2008/031508.html
http://www.co.oswego.ny.us/info/news/2008/031408-1.html

(Posted: Mar 15, 2008)

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