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Meningitis OUTBREAK @ OU!!!!!

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by MandM06, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. MandM06

    MandM06 Mr. 25/8
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    Read the following link for more info:
    <a href="http://www.ou.edu/pubaff/men-4_23_02.html" target="_blank">Meningitis Outbreak</a>

    I heard the guy involved is in a coma. A girl he kissed at one of the Frat Houses was feeling aches and pains, but thankfully she took the proper medication.

    I was at OU the same weekend this happened <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> !! I wasn't at the exact locations specified by the article so I don't think I got anything <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> . What are the symptoms? How is it transmitted? Has anyone else from the Oklahoma area heard anything about this?
     
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  3. Fah-Q

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    Its probably menningococcus. Don't worry, you would have already shown symptoms if you were infected this weekend...actually, you would already be dead without treatment.

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by MandM06:
    <strong>Read the following link for more info:
    <a href="http://www.ou.edu/pubaff/men-4_23_02.html" target="_blank">Meningitis Outbreak</a>

    I heard the guy involved is in a coma. A girl he kissed at one of the Frat Houses was feeling aches and pains, but thankfully she took the proper medication.

    I was at OU the same weekend this happened <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> !! I wasn't at the exact locations specified by the article so I don't think I got anything <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" /> . What are the symptoms? How is it transmitted? Has anyone else from the Oklahoma area heard anything about this?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
  4. oldman

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    it is transmitted through body fluids and close contact. just by being on the campus doesn't mean you'll get it. maybe if you shared the same glass of water.
     
  5. Nubtastic

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    If you have any questions about Meningitis you can go to the following website:

    <a href="http://www.musa.org" target="_blank">www.musa.org</a>

    This sight has most of the information you are requesting and there is also a support phone number and email address that you can use if you feel like you need to talk with someone.

    You can also PM me with any questions because I have had meningiococcal meningitis.

    Kyle Hendrix
    MUSA Support Staff Member
    TAMU 2000
    TCOM 2006
     
  6. dr.evil

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    Yeah, it's all over the news here (I'm from Oklahoma). OU is giving out single doses of Cipro which is a preventative med (which is funny b/c we are told over and over that Rifampin is the drug of choice).

    Actually, you could possibly not have symptoms for up to 10 days so you wouldn't be dead yet <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> . Sx include fever, chills, headache, photophobia, neck stiffness, vomiting, sleepiness (extreme).

    My brother is on campus and I told him to take the antibiotic even if it were a slight possibility that he was in contact with the guy. The freakin' guy went to every part in every building on campus it seemed.
     
  7. eagle26

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    Rifampin is an antiviral, Cipro is an antibiotic. Perhaps you were thinking viral versus bacterial meningitis? I think the outbreak was bacterial due to meningococcus. It's interesting that this comes up on the forum, because the med school I'm going to requires us to get vaccinated for meningococcus (or sign a waiver). Just my 2 cents.

    Joe
     
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    No way Rifampin is an anti-viral. And my books have it as meningococcus prophylaxis, too. But then again, all my books have penicillin G for anthrax and everyone took cipro after the anthrax scare.
     
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    Um, Rifampin is used for TB (mycoBACTERIUM tuberculosis) and prophylaxis of meningitis in meningococcemia caused by h. influenzae and n. meningitidis.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by eagle26:
    <strong>Rifampin is an antiviral, Cipro is an antibiotic. Perhaps you were thinking viral versus bacterial meningitis? I think the outbreak was bacterial due to meningococcus. It's interesting that this comes up on the forum, because the med school I'm going to requires us to get vaccinated for meningococcus (or sign a waiver). Just my 2 cents.

    Joe</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Rifampin is not an antiviral. Its an RNA inhibitor and the DOC for meningococcus prophylaxis. Don't worry, you'll get all this in med school. Maybe they cultured it from the guy who got it and found it to be more susceptible to ciprofloxacin. Or maybe they had a crapload of cipro left over from the anthrax scare that they needed to get rid of. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Fah-Q:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by eagle26:
    <strong>Rifampin is an antiviral, Cipro is an antibiotic. Perhaps you were thinking viral versus bacterial meningitis? I think the outbreak was bacterial due to meningococcus. It's interesting that this comes up on the forum, because the med school I'm going to requires us to get vaccinated for meningococcus (or sign a waiver). Just my 2 cents.

    Joe</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Rifampin is not an antiviral. Its an RNA inhibitor and the DOC for meningococcus prophylaxis. Don't worry, you'll get all this in med school. Maybe they cultured it from the guy who got it and found it to be more susceptible to ciprofloxacin. Or maybe they had a crapload of cipro left over from the anthrax scare that they needed to get rid of. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">You know, I feel really dumb, not because of anything other than I had a brain fart..I should have known it, after all, I have taught medical microbiology and were using rifampin disks to test for antibiotic resistance! ah well..sometimes it happens.
     

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