Purdue Cancels Women's Basketball Games Due To Player Meningitis

By Scott Sarvay

November 24, 2010 Updated Nov 24, 2010 at 7:16 PM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Purdue cancelled this week's women's basketball games in Mexico, now that a player is hospitalized with suspected meningitis.

Purdue Athletic Director Morgan Burke says the decision was taken as a precautionary measure. "No one else has been ill, and they have all received treatment."

Those on the team as well as the coaches received antibiotics as a precaution, said the team’s physician.

Meningitis is a rare but serious disease that can be transmitted by recurrent exposure to saliva or coughing or other direct contact, but it is not highly communicable. It is considered an opportunistic disease that can attack a depleted immune system. Symptoms include high fever, headache and stiff neck. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, discomfort when looking into bright lights, confusion and sleepiness.

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