This message is sent on behalf of Joanne Clinch, Clinical Director of Student Health Service, and Adam Goldstein, Dean of Students:
Dear Wake Forest students, faculty and staff,
Wake Forest University Student Health Service has received updated information about the student who was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis on March 16. The student is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. The infection has been confirmed to be Neisseria meningitidis (bacterial meningitis), but results of testing to identify which strain (A, C, W or B) of this bacteria will not be available for a few days.
Student Health Service will continue to work with the Forsyth County Health Department and infectious disease experts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to receive information and guidance as it becomes available. All future updates will be provided on the Student Health Service website. If you have any additional questions about the University’s ongoing response, you may call x7500 (336-758-7500) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
Working with local and state health officials, Wake Forest Campus Life staff have successfully identified and contacted all known individuals at risk of exposure and provided antibiotics to prevent transmission of this infection. Individuals who have not been contacted by Student Health Service are not at risk and do not need to take any precautions. While all strains of Neisseria meningitidis can be occasionally transmitted from person to person during prolonged close contact, the risk of transmission is quite low. Less than one percent of close contacts may develop infection and this risk can be decreased to zero with an appropriate dose of antibiotics by mouth.
Local and state health officials and the Section on Infectious Diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have advised us that all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection to our community have been successfully implemented. They also have provided the following information about immunizations to prevent meningitis: