LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- A University of Kentucky student is in the hospital with a probable case of bacterial meningitis. 

School officials were notified on Monday of the diagnosis, and the university is working to educate the campus about the seriousness of the  potentially fatal disease.

"The majority of cases of bacterial meningitis, people recover from." said Dr. Derek Forster, Medical Director of the Infection Prevention and Control Division of Infectious Diseases. "It can be serious ... it can result in death."

The area where the student lives is being professionally cleaned, and school officials are contacting others who have been in close contact with the student.

Health officials say more information is needed to confirm that the illness is meningitis and the strain, but anyone with symptoms is urged to get immediate medical help. Forster said the disease typically spreads from person to person.

"The most severe form, the way it is spread, is through contact of somebody's oral secretion," he said. "So that can be through cough, through kissing or through like longer-term direct contact."

Signs of meningitis include sudden onset of fever, headache and stiff neck.  There are often other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, photophobia (increased sensitivity to light) and confusion. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. 

Bacterial meningitis is treated with a number of antibiotics. It is important to start treatment as soon as possible.

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