AUBURN, AL (WTVM) – Auburn University Public Safety and Security alerted the college about a student on campus who has been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis.
According to Auburn University Police, they were notified after the undergraduate student became ill and was admitted to an out of town hospital near his home.
Police are now working closely with Auburn University medical to identify any students that may have had close contact with the student and may need preventive antibiotics.
The vast majority of people at school do not need to be concerned or take any special precautions.
If police find out that a student had a class with or may have had other close contact with a student, an email will be sent letting the student know and encouraging them to be evaluated by a physician or the Auburn University Medical Clinic.
Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
The Auburn University Medical Center opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Students concerned that they have had close contact should contact the Auburn University Medical Center at (334) 844-4416.