People are curious how Lianne contracted meningitis. This is what her medical team thinks:
Nineteen year old Lianne was just beginning her sophomore year at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff as an Environmental Science major.
Lianne showed up at school on August 26, 2017 with a sore throat. Over the following days, her sore throat became so infected that the infection traveled through the tissues of her throat into her jugular veins. Blood clots developed in her jugular veins and became infected as well.
Simultaneously, the infection traveled backward through the tissues of her neck into her spinal column where her spinal fluid became infected. The infected spinal fluid is what caused the brain to become infected and swell (meningitis).
At some point, the blood clot in her right jugular broke up and all the tiny infected blood clots made their way into her lungs causing the pneumonia.
All this happened over the course of about five days. It was very fast moving and acting. Lianne's condition was caused by a bacteria, but it was not from an outside source, the bacteria came from inside her own body.
No one is to blame. People get sick. Even in the good ole United States of America, good people get sick.
Meningitis, though rare, is prevalent on college campuses and military bases. Places where large groups of young people are housed in close proximity.
My advice would be to ensure your college students receive their meningitis booster shot and to seek treatment for illnesses sooner rather than later.