One CSU student has died from bacterial meningitis at 2 a.m. today after being hospitalized at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Another student who was placed in the intensive care unit with similar symptoms will be transferred to a regular medical floor room today.
CSU sophomore Christine Adame was a 23 year-old international studies student who lived off campus.
Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, a physician at the Larimer County Department of Health, said doctors had determined that undeclared freshman Zachary Ratzlaff, who lives in the C-wing of Corbett Hall, is in fair condition and has an illness that does not appear life threatening.
Some lab findings suggest he may have caught a viral infection, but he will be treated for meningococcal disease until that possibility is ruled out.
Officials are unaware of any connection between the two students and are working to get roommates, family and anyone connected with the students treated with prophylactic treatment of an antibiotic, according to a university press release.
Christina Adame was admitted into the hospital Tuesday night after reporting flu-like symptoms to her mom Nancy Adame early Tuesday morning.
The Larimer County Department of Health is testing for meningitis but does not have information available at this time. It takes 48 hours to receive the results of a meningitis test.
â€œAll we know is that somebody died,â€ said Jane Viste, public information officer for the Larimer County Health Department. â€œWe donâ€™t have much information at this time.â€
Meningitis is a rare but deadly disease that can be fatal in about 10 percent of cases, according to the Department of Health and Environment.
Most symptoms are described as flu-like including headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and fever. If the disease is caught early enough it can be treated with antibiotics.
Other symptoms include neck stiffness, discomfort when looking into bright lights, diarrhea, aching or sore muscles, difficulty walking, general malaise, drowsiness, confusion, collapse, rash of red-purple pinprick spots or larger bruises, painful or swollen joints and moaning, incoherent speech.
Any student who believes they may have been exposed should call the CSU Health Network at (970) 491-2147. Students who believe they are experiencing meningitis symptoms students should visit Hartshorn Health Center during business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays. If students need treatment after hours they should go to the emergency room.
ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.