Loyola student is critically ill with meningitis 65 others are treated with preventive medicine

February 15, 1997|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A Loyola College student whose condition was diagnosed as meningitis was in critical condition last night at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Doctors determined Thursday that the student, Richard Galasso, ZTC 22, has meningococcal meningitis, which starts with flulike symptoms and can overwhelm the blood system, spinal cord and brain with infection within a day or less, hospital officials said.

A second Loyola student, Sean Llewellyn, 18, originally was thought to have meningitis, but instead may have a blood infection caused by the same bacteria, officials said. Llewellyn was in good condition last night at GBMC.

Both students are members of the hockey club.

Because meningitis can be contagious, 65 students out of the undergraduate student body of 3,200 were treated with preventive medication by the campus health center, said Mark Kelly, director of public relations at Loyola.

The group includes roommates, other hockey players, friends and others who had social contact with the two men. Meningitis may be passed through the nose and mouth.

Pub Date: 2/15/97

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