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Confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis

Feb. 12, 2020 

The following statement is from Abayomi Jones, M.D., executive director, Student Health & Counseling Services.

Cal State East Bay has received notification that a student has been diagnosed and treated for meningococcal meningitis. The appropriate local medical response teams have been proactive in following and managing this case.

How do I know if I have been exposed?

Cal State East Bay is working closely with the Alameda County Public Health Department to ensure the appropriate steps are taken to protect our community, including identifying and contacting anyone who may have been exposed to the infection. The vast majority of people do not need to be concerned or take any additional special precautions. 

What are the symptoms associated with meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease symptoms may include fever, intense headache, lethargy, stiff neck and/or a rash that does not change color under pressure. Anyone notified of exposure who develops any of these symptoms should immediately contact a healthcare provider for an evaluation.

How is meningococcal meningitis spread?

The bacteria can be spread directly through close contact, such as sharing food/drinks, cigarettes/e-cigarettes, or water bottles; kissing; and other situations where saliva may be exchanged. 

What if I have more questions?

Students may call Student Health Services at (510) 885-3735 or their health care provider. Faculty or staff should call their health care provider. Additional information is also provided in the links below.


CA Department of Public Health

Alameda County Department of Public Health

We will provide updates as needed for your awareness and information.

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