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Yale student recovering from probable bacterial meningitis

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Officials say a Yale University student has been hospitalized with a probable case of bacterial meningitis.

A Yale spokeswoman said Tuesday the student is doing well and is expected to recover.

She declined to release the student's identity.

Yale Health Director Paul Genecin said in a campus-wide message that the student had been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital on Sunday.

The university is working with local and state health departments to identify those who had close, extended contact with the student to provide preventative treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say bacterial meningitis can cause life-threatening infections that require immediate medical attention. The severity of the illness and the treatment for it depend on the cause.

The probable cause of bacterial meningitis on Yale's campus hit home with Alissa Wang.

"I have personal experience actually from last year a girl died of meningitis so it did shock me," Wang said.

The tragedy at her Virginia high school also led her to learn more about the infection.

"Because I had that experience, we were educated by our school about the risks of contracting it and it seems as if they're very low," Wang added.

The CDC said early symptoms are similar to those that the flu carries.

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