NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A second Rutgers University student was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the university announced in an alert sent out to the New Brunswick campus community.
This is the second student identified as being infected with the disease on the New Brunswick campus this month.
"The student, who was hospitalized on Feb. 23, 2019, is receiving treatment," the university said in the alert that was sent out to students, faculty, and staff on Sunday.
The university said its Student Health Services is coordinating a response with local, regional and state health officials.
All people who had close contact with the student are being notified so they can receive antibiotics as a preventative measure, Rutgers officials said in the message.
They said the student is being tested to determine the specific type or group of meningococcal bacteria causing the infection.
There have been no recommendations to cancel any activities or scheduled events at the New Brunswick, campus, according to the alert.
On Feb. 4, another student on the campus was diagnosed with serogroup B meningococcal disease.
The university said public health officials are investigating whether these two cases are linked.
The university advised that members of the college community that experience symptoms, such as a rash, headache, stiff neck, or fever, or have health concerns can visit their health care provider, and students can visit Rutgers Student Health Centers.
The Student Health Center is encouraging members of the university community to pay increased attention to personal hygiene practices such as good handwashing, covering coughs, and avoiding the sharing of drinks and eating utensils with others.