UC alerts students to bacterial meningitis case

A University of Cincinnati student has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.

An email was sent to all students on Thursday with some details on the case.

The university said in the letter that they've notified students who have been in close contact with the infected student and have provided them prophylactic antibiotics.

A spokesperson with the Cincinnati Health Department says the 20-year-old student of the College of Business lives in Warren County, and not on campus. He is currently being treated at University Hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control says that while bacterial meningitis is not as easily transmitted as many common diseases, it can be very dangerous, and frequently fatal, when it is.

It is treated effectively with antibiotics, but it is essentially to start treatment as quickly as possible.

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