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PC Student Released From Hospital After Treatment For Meningitis

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The first Providence College student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from a Boston-area hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio's...

The first Providence College student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis has been released from a Boston-area hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison has details.

A spokesman from PC could not provide information about whether the student suffered lasting effects from meningitis, which attacks tissue around the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis can have serious long-term consequences, including brain damage.

A second PC student remains in the hospital with what is now a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis. The college said it has no information on how that student is doing.  

Most colleges, including PC, require students to be vaccinated against meningitis, but the vaccine given out to the general public does not protect against the strain that has surfaced at PC.

According to health officials, a new vaccine was approved in October, which does protect against this strain.

PC has embarked on a campus-wide effort to re-vaccinate students, offering the new vaccine at clinics on campus. So far more than 3,500 students have received the first of a three-dose course of the vaccine, more than 90 percent of the undergraduate student population.

PC Student Released From Hospital After Treatment For Meningitis
PC Student Released From Hospital After Treatment For Meningitis