MTSU Student Dies Of Possible Meningitis

Officials say that anyone who had direct, close contact with a Middle Tennessee State University student who died early Monday should contact Student Health Services or another health care provider for an evaluation.

Jacob Nunley, 18, a freshman from Dyersburg, Tenn., died early Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Nunley was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and lived in the fraternity’s house on Greek Row on the MTSU campus.

The state health department is investigating the cause of death.

However, Vanderbilt officials said they were treating this as a possible case of meningitis and instructed anyone who may have had direct, close contact with Nunley from Sept. 2 to Sept. 10 to contact a health professional for evaluation. 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.

For more information, contact MTSU Student Health Services at 615-898-2988 or the Rutherford County Health Department at 615-898-7880.