UPDATE: Hospital: UW- Madison Student with Meningitis has Died

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 4/11 at 4:12 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin-Madison student hospitalized with bacterial meningitis has died.

A spokeswoman for Meriter Hospital in Madison confirms the death of 21-year-old senior Henry Mackaman of St. Paul, Minn.

The university says Mackaman's family removed him from life support and is donating his organs.

Mackaman was an economics and English double major. The university says he was known for his love of music and was a DJ on WSUM student radio.

The university says meningococcal disease is not highly contagious, and there is likely no health risk to others on campus.

Students who need counseling or support are encouraged to contact University Health Services.
ORIGINAL STORY: 4/11 at 11:47 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison says a student has been hospitalized with meningococcal disease.

The disease most often causes meningitis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Health officials say the bacteria is spread through close contact with the infected person, such as sharing cups or utensils.

University Health Services is monitoring the case. The disease is treated with antibiotics. In some cases it can be fatal.

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