UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
A Texas A&M student was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis Tuesday afternoon. As of today, Nicholas Williams has been listed as critical condition.
Nico's parents told us "he is greatly ill, and at this point is not responding to treatment."
Several sources told us that Nico noticed Flu-like symptoms early this week, and sought treatment at the A&M Beutel Health Center on campus. They say doctors diagnosed him with the Flu and sent him home.
School officials have not confirmed this information, but say Meningitis has the same symptoms as the Flu. Dr. Martha Dannenbaum, at the Beutel Health Center says symptoms are, "the body aches and headache, and fatigue, and high fever. You just really feel terrible. And when your in February, its Flu season in this part of Texas, so you immediately think you have the Flu."
One of Nico's friends says he has decided to get the Meningitis shot to protect himself from the illness, and says he has learned so much from this difficult experience. Alan Prewitt says, "It's easy to take for granted your health. So I want to make sure I'm taking care of myself, and making good choices, and not really ever taking anything for granted because you never know."
Health officials encourage everyone to get the Meningitis shot, and see a doctor as soon as you notice symptoms.