An SIU-Carbondale student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
The illness is spread by direct contact with saliva or through the coughing or sneezing of those who are infected.
Although the disease is not highly contagious, Dr. Ted Grace, director of University Health Services, says the school has notified students and faculty who may have been in direct contact with the student and has provided preventative treatment with antibiotics.
Grace said that meningitis is an inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord. The bacterium can also cause a serious bloodstream infection.
Grace said the student was diagnosed on Monday and remains in critical condition.
Students with questions or concerns can call the Health Center at 618-453-3311.