(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- More than 30 cases have been documented in an outbreak of viral meningitis at the University of Maryland since mid-October.
According to the University of Maryland Health Center, the school is aware of 31 confirmed or suspected cases of the disease among their 37,000 students. About 19 of those 31 have been hospitalized for treatment.
The outbreak began in October, the school says. While being careful to note that the outbreak is confirmed to be viral meningitis and not bacterial meningitis -- which is more dangerous -- the school's statement urged students to frequently wash their hands, stay home and rest if feeling unwell, clean surfaces that are touched frequently and avoiding kissing and sharing glasses and utensils.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, light sensitivity and a stiff neck.
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