Tennessee College Student Diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Vanderbilt student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and is in stable condition after she was rushed from her dorm room with a severe headache and a high fever.

University officials said tests confirmed 21-year-old Sun In Kim of Rossville, Ga., had meningococcal bacterial meningitis, which is more dangerous than the viral form of the disease.

Up to 12 students and other people who had immediate contact with her were treated with an antibiotic to reduce the chance of transmission.

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of fluid in the spinal cord and brain. High fever, headache, and stiff neck are common symptoms that can start within hours or days of contracting the disease.

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