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Mar 272005
Authors: Collegian Editorial Staff

Meningitis has surfaced at CSU for the first time in several years, despite a year-old bill requiring Colorado college campuses to provide written proof that students have been informed about Meningocococal Meningitis, the bacterial illness that is common on college campuses.

CSU sends information to parents and requires signatures before freshmen can begin attending school here. The information probably prompts many parents to encourage their children to get the optional vaccination. The vaccination costs $80, and many insurance companies will not cover the charges for the shot. Not everyone can afford the shot, so CSU should continue to inform students about the dangers throughout the year.

Potentially fear-wrenching forms of information at the beginning of the year will lose their sting quickly. Eventually students forget the hype and dangers and their guard goes down. They may figure if they have not gotten it yet, they probably will not contract it.

The bacteria are spread through oral and nasal secretions, increasing the chances of passing the sickness along in a college campus environment. Many friends share drinks and food without a second thought, but a simple swig from a carrier's drink can lead to death without proper treatment. Each student has to make a personal decision if they want to swap saliva in various ways, but everyone should be aware of symptoms of meningitis.

If people are informed about possible life-threatening symptoms they can be treated before another death related tragedy strikes CSU.

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