SDSU hoping meningitis doesn't spread over busy weekend

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Sep 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 22:31:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - There has only been one confirmed case of meningococcal meningitis at San Diego State University since the start of the new year and school officials are working to make sure it does not spread.

A freshman girl was discovered to have the deadly bacterial infection on Wednesday.

The teenager was going through sorority rush at the time and it’s believed she potentially exposed several hundred women. 

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“It makes me feel scared,” said freshman Kayla Moulton, “I’m using a lot of hand sanitizer everywhere I go.”

SDSU along with the county health department spent Thursday and Friday handing out hundreds of antibiotics at the school.

“We’re not trying to hide in the room,” said Kameryn Neucomb, “we’re trying to enjoy our freshman year, but it is kind of worrying us a little”

School officials say 1,840 students were given the pill during the two-day clinic.

“It’s like a large city,” said Dr Andrea Dooley, VP of student affairs at SDSU, “so this is something unfortunately the campus communities having to deal with.”

The girl infected is in the care of doctors at a local hospital.