A student at Harford Community College in Bel Air has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, school officials said yesterday.
Officials declined to release other information about the male student. The college was notified Thursday by a local hospital vTC that the student had contracted the disease.
Students and faculty who had classes with the infected student have been notified in writing of his condition, said Thomas M. Thomas, health officer for Harford County.
Deborah Cruise, dean of enrollment, planning and policy at the college at 401 Thomas Run Road, said the general student population has been made aware of the case through announcements and postings around campus.
This year, 20 cases of meningitis have been reported in the state through March, Harford County health officials said. They said this is the first case of meningitis in Harford this year. Two cases were reported last year.
Two college students have died this year from forms of meningitis. On March 22, Gerry F. Case Jr., a student at Loyola College in Baltimore, died from a fast-moving meningococcal blood infection.
Also in the city, Morgan State University junior Sharonda Conaway died of meningitis Feb. 21.
Pub Date: 5/21/97