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Meningitis Outbreak at UC Riverside

When you send your child off to college, you are often proud, nervous, and excited, imagining the possibilities a great education can provide.

Unfortunately for some parents—and their students—college can also share something much less beneficial to a person’s goals.

A recent news article from KABC-TV revealed that an employee of the University of California Riverside has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

Meningitis Outbreak at UCR | Riverside, California | Heiting & Irwin Attorneys At Law

Officials from UCR say the employee had been in contact with about a dozen students and nearly 20 fellow staff members. All of those people have been advised to carefully watch for meningitis symptoms.

Symptoms of meningitis include:

  • High fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Rash
  • Nausea
  • Confusion

This is the fifth diagnosis of meningitis within the University of California system in recent months. In November, four students at UC Santa Barbara were diagnosed with the bacterial illness, with one student requiring leg amputation.

As a personal injury attorney in Riverside, these reports are truly scary, as bacterial meningitis can quickly strike down an otherwise healthy young adult. If someone has the aforementioned symptoms and does not seek medical attention, but instead continues to make contact with others, his or her carelessness could lead to the severe illness—or death—of others.

If you have questions about the recent bacterial meningitis outbreak or have contracted the deadly illness due to the carelessness or negligence of another person, contact an experienced Riverside personal injury attorney right away.

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