Officials said even though the student has been ill, there are signs of improvement.
“While the risk to the campus community is low, as a precautionary measure the university and local and state departments of health have begun identifying and reaching out to those who had close, extended contact with the student just prior to spring break in order to offer preventative treatment,” school officials said in a letter to the university community.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says bacterial meningitis can cause life-threatening infections that require immediate medical attention. The severity of the illness and the treatment for it depend on the cause.
In the letter to the Yale community, Yale Health Director Paul Genecin said although meningitis is contagious, it isn’t as easily spread as germs that cause the common cold or flu.
“Only those who have come into close, extended contact with a person with bacterial meningitis are at risk of infection. Recurrences of the disease are rare but can happen following recommended treatment of the initial infection,” the letter said.