A&M student contracts meningitis, dies
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M officials say they have
notified classmates, faculty and staff about a student hospitalized
with bacterial meningitis this week.
KBTX-TV and the Bryan-College Station Eagle, quoting spokesmen
for College Station Medical Center, reported Friday that the
student, Nicolis Williams, has died.
The university said in statements this week that one unnamed
student had been hospitalized for bacterial meningitis, and no
other cases had been reported.
Classmates and faculty of the student were notified, and free antibiotics were administered to
those believed to have come in contact with him.
The disease is highly contagious. Symptoms include an abrupt
onset of fever, a stiff neck and an altered mental status,
including confusion or being difficult to arouse.