Second Santa Clara University student contracts meningitis

- Santa Clara University plans to hold a news conference Wednesday, to discuss the cases of 2 students who have contracted meningococcal meningitis, as well as the steps being taken to keep other students healthy.

An undergraduate student became sick Sunday, and was taken to the hospital.

The second student was also hospitalized.

Santa Clara County health officials are now trying locate anyone who came into close contact with the students, while they were contagious.

The University will offer free vaccinations Thursday and Friday.

The disease, which is spread through very close contact, affects the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

While it is treatable, it can turn deadly, if detected too late.

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