Rowan baseball player hospitalized over possible meningitis

An unidentified Rowan baseball player was hospitalized over concerns that he contracted meningitis, according to a Rowan University Health Advisory email sent on March 13.

The player reported symptoms including a stiff neck and feeling ill, and was taken to the hospital. Per the Rowan Announcer, initial tests for bacterial meningitis came back negative. In the email, the University said it was following protocols set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health and is working with officials from both Gloucester County and the State.

A second Rowan Announcer was sent out March 26, which confirmed that the student had a “less dangerous strain” of meningitis, and that he had been released from the hospital last week.

As a result of the diagnosis, the Rowan baseball team was forced to cancel its flight to Florida for a spring break tournament on March 13. The team would be cleared to fly a day later and successfully competed at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational.

Recent cases of meningitis have also impacted the campuses at Princeton and Drexel Universities in the past year. On March 10, a Drexel student died from a rare strain of meningitis that plagued Princeton in 2013.

For more information on meningitis, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis.

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