West Virginia University officials confirmed today (Oct. 24) a graduate student has been diagnosed with meningitis.

The 27-year-old male reported the symptoms Monday evening (Oct. 22), and he is being treated at a Morgantown hospital.

WVU officials said the young man lives off campus and works at Arnold Hall on WVU s Downtown Campus.

He had little interaction with students at the residence hall, so we believe the risk to other residents is low,said Dr. Jan Palmer, director of WVU s Student Health Service.

Student health officials have notified students and staff at Arnold Hall and others who may have come in close contact with him, so they can be monitored for any signs of illness.

We want individuals to be alert to any signs of meningitis and then seek appropriate treatment,Palmer said.

Meningitis is an infection that causes inflammation of the three thin layers of tissue that cover the brain and spinal cord.

Palmer noted all freshmen are required to have been vaccinated for the meningococcal meningitis to prevent the most common types of bacterial meningitis.

If students have symptoms such as high fever, neck and back pain, headache, confusion, sensitivity to light, seizures and nausea, they should contact 304-293-2311 ext. 3 and speak to a nurse.

The case has been reported to the Monongalia County Health Department, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines are being followed.

For more information about meningitis, go tohttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/meningococcal_g.htm.