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Possible meningitis death at ISU

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AMES (AP) -- Iowa State University officials say bacterial meningitis may have caused the death of a student.

Authorities say 22-year-old Travis James Good of Omaha reported feeling ill around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and was taken to Mary Greeley Medical Center. He died several hours later.

Authorities say initial lab tests indicate the probable cause of death as bacterial meningitis. Additional tests are being conducted at the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory in Ankeny.

Thielen Student Health Center director Michelle Hendricks said Wednesday university and public health officials are contacting those who had very close contact with Good.

Hendricks said students who shared a classroom with Good are not at risk because that environment is not considered "close contact."

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