Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications Archive

Update: Sunday, April 8, 2012 

The Westchester County Department of Health has indicated that the Berkeley College Westchester facilities are safe. As a result, classes will continue on Monday morning, April 9, 2012, as scheduled.

Bacterial meningitis is not spread through casual contact such as attending classes together or passing in the hall. Direct sharing of oral secretions from an infected person is needed to transmit the disease. Kissing, or the sharing of drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils with an infected person are examples of activities that could lead to the spread of bacterial meningitis.

The individuals who were in close contact with the ill student have received preventive medical treatment. Our prayers are with the student being treated and the student's family.

If you have any questions, please contact Westchester Campus Operating Officer, Cynthia Rubino at 914-694-1122 x 3101. If you are concerned about your health, please contact your doctor. If you have additional health related questions please contact the Westchester County Department of Health (914-813-5000). 


April 6, 2012

Berkeley College has learned of a potential case of bacterial meningitis affecting one of our Westchester campus students. The College is working closely with the Westchester County Department of Health to identify and evaluate close contacts of this case who may need to receive post exposure treatment. We will be making direct contact with anyone who is determined to be a close contact of this individual so that the Health Department can determine if treatment is necessary.

This type of infection is not spread through casual contact such as attending classes together or passing in the hall. Direct sharing of oral secretions from an infected person is needed to transmit the disease. Kissing, or the sharing of drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils with an infected person are examples of activities that could lead to the spread of bacterial meningitis.

Anyone with concerns about his or her health should follow up with their physician. For information about meningococcal disease, please use this link to view a New York State Department of Health fact sheet http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/meningococcal/fact_sheet.htm. For students with additional questions, please call Alicia Martinez, Assistant Dean, Student Development and Campus Life at the Westchester Campus, 914-694-1122 ext. 1329. Health care providers with any additional questions, please contact the Westchester County Health Department at 914-813-5000.