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Student in Krzyzewskiville contracts meningitis

Posted February 11, 2009 10:43 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:12 p.m. EDT

— A Duke University freshman was diagnosed Tuesday with meningicoccal meningitis and was being treated at Duke University Hospital, officials said.

The unidentified female student had been camped out in Krzyzewskiville, the location near Cameron Indoor Stadium where students wait for basketball game tickets, to get tickets to Wednesday night's game against the University of North Carolina.

As a precaution, officials started antibiotic treatments for the student, her roommates and the students who had been camping with her.

The university's student affairs office said 10 to 15 students were being treated.

Bacterial meningitis cannot be transmitted through casual contact, Duke officials said, and they added that the risk of the disease spreading on campus was small.

Still, they said they were following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to prevent any outbreak.