A Providence College student is receiving treatment at a Boston-area hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis.
Providence College officials say they have been working with the state health department since the diagnosis. Several students who might have been exposed to the infection have been given antibiotics as a precaution.
Meningitis is a bacterial infection that can be fatal if it goes untreated. It can be spread through the exchange of bodily secretions like saliva. That means kissing, sharing drinks, toothbrushes or silverware are all potential ways to spread the disease.
State health officials say the student had been vaccinated for meningitis. College students are considered to be at an increased risk of contracting the meningitis.