Possible meningitis exposures on OSU Campus

Possible meningitis exposure at Chabad at OSU/Sigma Alpha Mu party


A young man (not an Ohio State student) who attended a party at the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house Saturday night (Feb. 27) has been admitted to a local hospital with a diagnosed case of bacterial meningitis.   This is a serious disease and is spread by close contact, especially anything that would transmit saliva—such as kissing and sharing a drinking glass or cigarette.


If you attended this party and shared utensils or drinks with others or were in very close contact with others, you may want to consult with a physician.  Ohio State students can call the Wilce Student Health Center at 614-292-4321 during our business hours for advice.  If you experience any of the following symptoms, it is very important that you seek medical attention immediately at an emergency care facility.


  •   Severe headache

  •   Sensitivity to light

  •   Stiff neck

  •   High fever

  •   Also nausea, vomiting and rash may occur


For privacy reasons, we cannot disclose the name of the ill individual, but if you were at the party and are concerned, we are happy to talk with you or meet with you.  Antibiotics can be prescribed as a preventive measure if you have reason to be concerned about a direct exposure.


Keeping you informed – BuckMD