Health Notification

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) officials announced today at 6:30 p.m. that a student attending Georgia Perimeter College on GGC’s campus had a confirmed case of viral meningitis; however has been cleared to return to campus by a physician. Jennifer Stephens, GGC’s Director of Public Relations noted that GGC officials were notified Thursday, Dec. 6 that the student last attended class on Wednesday, November 28, and began feeling poorly on Friday evening, November 30. The student has not been on campus since the Wednesday, Nov. 28 class.

Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) officials announced today at 6:30 p.m. that a student attending Georgia Perimeter College on GGC’s campus had a confirmed case of viral meningitis; however has been cleared to return to campus by a physician. Jennifer Stephens, GGC’s Director of Public Relations noted that GGC officials were notified Thursday, Dec. 6 that the student last attended class on Wednesday, November 28, and began feeling poorly on Friday evening, November 30. The student has not been on campus since the Wednesday, Nov. 28 class.

Stephens said, “Campus officials have been in contact with the physician administering to the student who confirmed the illness. The physician indicated that the student has been cleared to return to class. As of this time there have been no other cases reported on campus.”

Stephens also noted that senior officials of GGC have been in touch with specialists at the Centers for Disease Control who, while not downplaying the seriousness of the disease, indicated that viral meningitis is much less serious than the counterpart bacterial meningitis. Stephens said that all students on the campus of GGC are being notified this evening with the advice to be aware of the symptoms and the importance of notifying officials if they become symptomatic.

Ms. Stephens stated that GGC’s first priority was the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff on the campus. “At this point, we are comfortable with the situation, and will closely monitor all new information as it becomes available.”

Symptoms include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, bright lights hurting the eyes, drowsiness or confusion, nausea and vomiting. Should anyone experience any of these symptoms, they should contact your doctor or county health department.

For more information about viral meningitis, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/viral_meningitis.htm.

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