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Second student this year contracts meningitis at Rutgers

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 Rutgers Student Health Services is working with local, regional, state and health officials to coordinate a response to the student who recently contracted meningitis. Testing is being done to determine the specific type of meningitis that infected the student. 

An email sent out last Sunday alerted members of the Rutgers community that another student had been diagnosed with meningitis. 

The student was hospitalized on Feb. 23, and is currently receiving treatment for the disease. Those who had previously been in close contact with the student are being notified in order to receive antibiotics as a preventative measure, said Melodee Lasky, the assistant vice chancellor for Health and Wellness. Rutgers Student Health Services is also working to coordinate a response with local, regional and state health officials.

At the moment, testing is being conducted to determine the specific type of meningitis that caused the student's infection. 

Earlier this month, The Daily Targum reported that a student had been diagnosed with meningitis on Feb. 4. An investigation is underway to determine if the two cases are linked.

"Members of the University community who experience symptoms or have health concerns may visit their healthcare provider," Lasky said in the email.

Catherine Nguyen

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