Wednesday was a tragic day for the Colorado State University community.
After she was hospitalized Tuesday night with flu-like symptoms, CSU sophomore Christine Adame died of what some health officials said may have been bacterial meningitis.
The Larimer County Coroner later ruled out meningitis as a cause of death and is running microbiology and lab tests to determine the real cause.
Unable to imagine their pain and sorrow, our thoughts and prayers go out to Adame’s family and friends.
As of Wednesday evening, undeclared freshman Zachary Ratzlaff sat in fair condition within the walls of Poudre Valley Hospital with what officials said was likely a viral infection, although he is being treated for meningitis just in case.
Whether or not either Adame or Ratzlaff have meningitis, it’s important that the CSU community educate itself about the disease, its symptoms and protective measures.
Meningitis, an inflammation of the brain, is scary because its symptoms mirror those of the flu ––high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, discomfort looking into bright lights, sleepiness and confusion.
These can develop over several hours or may take up to two days.
If you or someone you know presents with these symptoms, don’t assume it’s just a common cold. Protect yourself.
See your doctor or visit CSU’s Health Network. Health officials would rather you come in and test negative for meningitis than end up hospitalized … or worse.
While the meningitis vaccination isn’t for everyone, it is important, too, that you talk with your doctor to see if you are a candidate.
A small number of vaccinations are available at Hartshorn Health Center for $15. When those run out, the center will order more and charge more or less than $15, depending on how much they purchase the vaccines for.
So take the time to stay healthy, CSU. Go to the doctor if you’re sick and consider getting vaccinated against the devastating meningitis.