Student with meningitis improves

January 12, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Christopher Taylor, the third-year University of Maryland medical student diagnosed last week with bacterial meningitis, was in fair condition last night at University of Maryland Medical Center, according to school officials.

Although the Towson resident, 27, will need physical therapy and special care during his recovery, his doctors are optimistic.

"Given the dramatic improvement he's made ... it would be fair to characterize his prognosis as encouraging," said Dr. Richard Colgan, who is overseeing Taylor's care.

Last year, a Towson University student died after becoming infected with meningitis.

A month later, the state legislature passed a bill requiring Maryland college students in campus dormitories to be vaccinated against the disease, or sign a waiver declining the vaccine.

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