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March 15, 2006

Albany -- An Abraham Baldwin College student died Wednesday from meningitis. College leaders say other students should be cautious but insist they're not in danger.

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Heathman died today in Augusta. The ABAC sophomore got sick last month and did not return to the Tifton campus after spring break.

He had viral meningitis which is usually not fatal and not highly contagious.

Bacterial meningitis is much more serious.

ABAC's medical director says there is no public health problem, but he encourages students to try to stay healthy so their immune systems can fight off viruses and other illnesses.

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