According to Bertie Jacobs, a university spokesperson, a fourth-year student was admitted to a Potch hospital on Monday 21 October after which a case of bacterial meningitis was confirmed on Tuesday morning. He said the student is not involved with a residence and all indications are that it is an isolated incident.
The hospital and the university are busy following up will all close contacts of the student. Free prophylaxis has been made available.
“I want to encourage all students and staff not to panic and to stay focused on the upcoming exams. The university is taking all the necessary precautionary steps to manage the situation. We will keep all students and staff timeously informed of any new developments,” said prof Daryl Balia, deputy vice-chancellor of the campus in Potchefstroom.