By Sally Linder
Sept. 7, 2007
An Ohio University female freshman student was transferred from O'Bleness Memorial Hospital to Ohio State University Medical Center last night with a condition that has since been diagnosed as a soft tissue infection. Today Ohio University has been informed that it is not a contagious condition.
Medical professionals at the hospital who have had involvement with the student's case and Ohio University medical professionals are emphasizing that the infection is not a type that can be passed from person to person.
"Our hearts go out to the student and her family," Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Richard Carpinelli said. "We also know that a situation of this type can raise fears in those around them. Medical professionals have assured us that no other members of our university community are at risk as a result of this medical situation."
The student lives in Perkins Hall, and according to Carpinelli, residence hall staff members are providing support for everyone there, allaying fears and informing residents and staff that they have not been exposed to a contagious condition.