Oct 272010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

A memorial service will be held for Christina Adame, the sophomore international studies student who died last Wednesday after contracting waterhouse-friderichsen syndrome, a strain of bacteria that can also cause meningitis.

The service will take place at 5 p.m. today in the West Ballroom, located on the third floor of the Lory Student Center.

Nancy Adame, Christina’s mom, has requested that the memorial fund go toward a gift or scholarship to a student selected by the family.

CBS4’s Pay It Forward program provided $1,000 to start the fund. Those interested in donating can visit the Colorado State website at colostate.edu.

Adame’s death came shortly after an outbreak of meningitis this past summer that left three men dead. A CSU student also contracted the disease but made a full recovery.

The Larimer County Department of Health has linked seven cases of meningococcal disease since May to the same strain of bacteria.

The department, however, maintains there is no indication the university community is experiencing an isolated meningococcal disease health crisis, according to a public safety press release.

The same release said college students are at a higher risk for contracting meningococcal disease, which is spread through saliva and is not airborne, given their age and typical behaviors.
Students who live in the dormitories are recommended by the American College Health Association to get vaccinated for the disease. CSU, too, encourages all students to get vaccinated, according to the press release.

Students can receive vaccinations at Hartshorn Health Center for $15. CSU carries fewer than 50 vaccinations at a time but can order more from the Department of Health, said Anne Hudgens, dean of students and interim executive director of the CSU Health Network.

Symptoms of the disease include: headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fever, 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, and incoherent speech.
Students who are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical treatment.

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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