Meningitis Claims MTSU Fraternity Member’s Life

A Middle Tennessee State University freshman succumbed to meningitis early Monday morning, according to the university’s website.

Jacob Nunley, an 18-year-old member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, according to the university. The Dyersburg native lived in his fraternity’s house on Greek Row on the MTSU’s campus. Health officials checked the house and deemed it safe for occupancy, according t o WAFF 48 news.

The university is urging anyone who had close contact with Nunley to seek medical attention.

Darrell Allgood, a sophomore at MTSU, met Nunley in the fall of 2011 and found out about his friend’ death via his Facebook page, according to the Daily News Journal.

“I was going to ask him where he’d been, tell him to come by my dorm and we could chill,” said Allgood, according to the News Journal. “Then I saw all his friends and family were posting ‘RIP, Jacob.’ … I didn’t go to any classes. When you get news like that you can’t. You’re not going to be productive.”

Sean Bart, a sophomore at MTSU, was also distraught by news of Nunley’s death.

“Last time I saw him was moving day (spring semester),” said Allgood. “I never saw him in bad spirits. He always was a guy you wanted to be around. You can’t say anything bad about the guy.”

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can also be found in the bloodstream. Meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly.

Doctors advise anyone coming into contact with infected individuals to seek medical attention immediately. Direct, close contact means coming in touch with nose or throat discharges, which includes kissing, coughing, sneezing and sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils or cigarettes, according to Daily News.

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