From staff reports
The Ohio University first-year male student who was hospitalized earlier this week with bacterial meningitis symptoms had his case confirmed today, according to Ohio University Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi.
The student, who lives in Tiffin Hall, was initially treated at O'Bleness Hospital in Athens before being transferred to a medical facility in Columbus yesterday. He was already being treated for bacterial meningitis, although the case had not been confirmed through tests.
He became the second Ohio University student this week to be diagnosed with a possible case of bacterial meningitis. Earlier this week, a female first-year student, who lives in Washington Hall, was hospitalized with a probable case of the illness.
Although the male student's case has been confirmed, Lombardi said there is some good news.
"I've spoken with the parents of the students and it appears that both of the students are showing significant improvement," Lombardi said. "On behalf of our university community, we wish them a full and speedy recovery."
Once again, Lombardi emphasized that students who have already left campus and are concerned about possible exposure should consult with their personal health-care provider immediately.
Students who experience symptoms after Hudson Health Center is closed should visit the O'Bleness Memorial Hospital emergency room, 55 Hospital Drive, Athens. Hudson Health Center hours can be found at www.ohio.edu/hudson/shs/.
The Division of Student Affairs will continue to provide information updates with students, parents and the university community by Web, e-mail and through www.ohio.edu/emergency.
For additional information about bacterial meningitis, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's frequently asked questions at www.cdc.gov/meningitis/bacterial/faqs.htm.