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Contact: Carol Schriber

Date: April 9, 2008

Update on death of NCCU student

RALEIGH – The exact cause of death of the 21-year-old North Carolina Central University student who died yesterday at University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill is not yet known.

The Durham County Health Department (DCHD) has been investigating the death of the student, who presented in critical condition on April 7th at Granville Medical Center, and was transferred to the University of North Carolina Hospital. There was concern that the patient may have had an infection due to Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause a serious illness with bloodstream involvement and meningitis (an infection of the brain and spinal cord).

Although the clinical and laboratory information regarding the patient’s cause of death may remain inconclusive in this case, the Durham County Health Department and NCCU have offered antibiotic prophylaxis (preventive treatment) to close contacts of the student as a precautionary measure.




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