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Health information for the campus community

UToday HomeMarch 14, 2013

Following a single case of suspected viral meningitis in a university student, which was also recently reported by Calgary media, the university would like to assure students, faculty and staff that their health is not at risk.

“We have learned of a single case of suspected viral meningitis in a University of Calgary student; however, the case does not pose a risk to student, staff or faculty health. This is a suspected case of viral meningitis, and is not a case of the more severe bacterial meningitis,” says Debbie Bruckner director of the Wellness Centre at the University. “The case is a reminder that viruses are always circulating, and personal infection prevention measures are always important.”

To prevent the spread of any illness, including meningitis, Alberta Health Services (AHS) recommends the following standard infection prevention measures:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, using soap and warm water, including after using the washroom, and before preparing food.
  • Do not share items that come in contact with the mouth (including water bottles, drinks, straws, cigarettes, utensils etc.).
  • Practice respiratory etiquette: cover your cough/sneeze with your elbow, not your hand. If you use a tissue, discard immediately, and wash your hands thoroughly.

“We appreciate the university’s diligence in reiterating the importance of infection prevention measures, as a means of supporting the wellness of the campus community and the community as a whole year round,” says Dr. Judy MacDonald, AHS Medical Officer of Health – Calgary Zone.

For more information on viral meningitis, or any health concern, contact Health Link Alberta 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 403-943-LINK (5465), or toll-free at 1-866-408-LINK (5465).


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