Officials at the University of Maryland are reporting an outbreak of viral meningitis, saying there are multiple cases on the campus. Dr. David McBride, director of the UMD Health Center, sent an email to students notifying them of the outbreak. "The University immediately initiated more vigilant procedures to address and contain the virus," McBride wrote. Viral meningitis is a contagious illness that can be deadly in extreme cases. Symptoms include severe headaches, fevers, nausea, vomiting and dehydration. Treatment involves medication, rest and ample hydration, and a full recovery often takes seven to 10 days. The Greek Life community has witnessed a high number of cases, and leaders of many of the 30 fraternities and 15 sororities have distributed fliers to members warning of the outbreak. Viral meningitis is less dangerous than the more-feared bacterial meningitis.
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