Seventh Case of Meningitis Possible at Princeton University, Officials Say

Source: Times of Trenton

By: Mulvaney, Nicole


Another Princeton University student was hospitalized for probable meningococcal disease on Nov. 10, while the university awaits test results that would confirm the case as meningitis. This could be the university’s seventh case of meningitis since March and the third case since the state Department of Health declared an outbreak at the school in May. All six previous patients have recovered after contracting type B meningococcal bacteria. Four cases involved students living in campus dorms. All students living in university housing in New Jersey are required by state law to receive a meningitis vaccination, which protects against most strains of the meningitis bacteria except type B. To prevent the spread of bacterial meningitis, the university has been reminding students not to share their beverages. Meningitis can be spread through kissing, coughing, or other lengthy contact, especially among individuals who share living quarters. Actions that can help lessen the spread of disease include covering mouths and noses when coughing and sneezing; washing hands regularly; not sharing utensils, water bottles, and other items that come into contact with saliva; and avoiding smoking and excessive drinking.

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