Visitation Held Thursday For MTSU Meningitis Victim
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Visitation for the Middle Tennessee State University student, who is believed to have died from bacterial meningitis, will be held Thursday in his hometown of Dyersburg.
18-year-old Jacob Nunley's family will accept condolences at Dyersburg Funeral Home from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.
Nunley died Monday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
More than 400 students are believed to have come in close contact with Nunley from September 2 and September 10. Most have already taken an antibiotic as a precaution.
Nunley's death has sparked a lot of concerns and questions. Dr. Kelly Moore with the Department of Health answered some of those questions on OpenLine with Scott Arnold.
"The vaccine is not perfectly protective. As with any vaccine, it's not 100 percent protective. But the vaccine will really reduce your chances for coming down with this infection," said Dr. Moore.
The vaccine for bacterial meningitis is often covered by insurance.
Meningicoccal disease is rare. According to the State Health Department, the number of cases have declined since 2007 and 2008 when 21 were reported. Three cases have been reported so far in 2012. In some cases, like Jacob's, the symptoms can progress very quickly.
The family requests that memorials be directed to the Jacob Nunley Fund C/O Alecia Gibbons at First Citizens National Bank, Regions Bank, First State Bank or to the charity of the donor's choice.