Another meningitis outbreak declared at Princeton

Princeton University may have its second meningitis outbreak in 2013. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons)
Princeton University may have its second meningitis outbreak of 2013 on its hands. Credit: Wiki Commons

Princeton University may have another meningitis outbreak with which to contend in a year after a possible seventh case of the disease surfaced Saturday.

A Princeton student was hospitalized Sunday morning for treatment of possible meningitis, The Times of Trenton reports.

There have been six meningitis cases at Princeton since March. If confirmed as the seventh case, the latest student to fall ill would be the third to contract the type B meningococcal bacteria since an outbreak was declared at the Ivy League school in May. The others to contract the disease, including five students, have all recovered.

State law requires college students living in school housing to be vaccinated for meningococcal bacteria. The vaccine does not, however, prevent type B.

Meningitis is often confused for the flu. Its symptoms include vomiting, fever and headaches, and in severe cases it can cause hearing loss or brain damage.

State health officials have declared a meningitis outbreak in an attempt to raise awareness about the infection, which can be spread through kissing, coughing or prolonged contact.


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