Carlsbad native among 4 UC Santa Barbara students diagnosed with meningitis

Aaron Loy had both feet amputated due to illness

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A meningitis outbreak at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has sickened four students, including a Carlsbad native who lost both of his feet due to the bacterial illness.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced Monday that all four undergraduate students became ill last month.

The family of 18-year-old Aaron Loy, a freshman lacrosse player at UCSB, said he had both feet amputated two weeks ago when the disease affected the blood supply to his limbs.

The La Costa Canyon High School graduate remains hospitalized.

More than 300 students who had contact with the ill students have been given antibiotics.

Bacterial meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing or prolonged contact. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea and vomiting.  

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