Undergraduate dies at MedStar of apparent meningitis

Update, Wednesday 4:05 pm: In a campus-wide email, Assistant Vice President for Student Health Services Jim Welsh reported that, to date, all tests have been negative for bacterial meningitis. Jaime’s meningitis was almost certainly not bacterial.

Additionally, Welsh is confident that the disease has not spread to any other students, faculty, or staff.

“This is an isolated case of meningitis,” Welsh wrote. “No additional cases have been reported. The University is closely consulting with the District of Columbia Department of Health and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. We are taking all necessary and appropriate measures to respond, with guidance from medical professionals.”

Welsh wrote that no one needs to take extra, precautionary measures, like taking antibiotics, to prevent sickness.

Original post: Andrea Jaime (NHS ’17), the student who was reported earlier today to have a case of meningitis, passed away this afternoon, according to a campus-wide email from Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson and Vice President for Mission and Ministry Kevin O’Brien, S.J.

“This is difficult news for the many members of the Georgetown community who know Andrea,” Olson and O’Brien wrote. “Georgetown officials have been in touch with Andrea’s family and will continue to provide support and assistance to them. Please join us in remembering Andrea’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this time.”

Meningitis is a dangerous and contagious disease, but Olson and O’Brien assured the Georgetown community that everything is being done to ensure safety.

“As we shared in a message to the community earlier today, proper medical precautions have been taken and members of the campus community do not need to take additional action at this time,” Olson and O’Brien wrote.

The exact type and cause of Jaime’s meningitis has yet to be determined. Officials now await test results, according to Olson and O’Brien.

A prayer service for Jaime will be held in Dahlgren Quad at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Additional reporting by Julia Jester

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