Bacterial infection at WWU in Bellingham remains limited to a single case

The Bellingham Herald

A lab test Monday, March 12, confirmed that a Western Washington University student hospitalized with pneumonia over the weekend was infected with meningococcal bacteria, a university statement said.
The student, who lives off campus, went to St. Joseph hospital and was responding well to antibiotics after being diagnosed with the contagious disease.
Health officials on Monday would not comment on whether the student remained hospitalized. His name was not released.

Note: The print edition of The Bellingham Herald incorrectly labeled the disease as meningitis, an infection of the spinal fluid around the spine and brain. The student actually had pneumonia and a blood infection, which, though serious and life threatening, are not as dangerous as meningitis.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 8:36am