EUGENE, Ore. -- A University of Oregon student has died from meningitis.
Julie Brown, the director of media relations for the university said the student passed away at a hospital in Eugene last night from bacterial meningitis.
Brown said the school was working to identify anyone who came in contact with this student, as they could be at risk for contracting the disease.
According to a statement the university released, "In order for the illness to spread, a person would need to have close contact with the patient for four hours or more over the past seven days."
While Brown could not say if the student was a member of a sorority, she did say that many members of the Chi Omega sorority have received preventative medication in the past day.
The Oregon Daily Emerald, the university's student newspaper, has reported the victim was 21-year-old Chi Omega member Lill Pagenstecher. The paper added that she graduated from Portland's Lincoln High School in 2009.