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A student at St. Joseph's University has been hospitalized with a suspected case of bacterial meningitis, according to Harriet Goodheart, a spokeswoman for the university.

The diagnosis has not yet been confirmed, she said. Until it is, health officials will not be able to determine whether the case is linked to the outbreak that hospitalized three Penn students with meningococcal infection earlier this semester.

Students were notified of the hospitalization through an alert posted on their student e-mail home page and the university's student health center Web site yesterday.

St. Joseph's freshman Carolyn Howell said she did not find out about the hospitalization until yesterday afternoon when she saw the alert on her e-mail account home page.

According to the alert, the student became ill on Wednesday afternoon and was sent to Lankenau Hospital immediately after being seen at the university's health center.

The university's student health center is encouraging anyone experiencing symptoms of the infection to seek medical treatment.

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