Rutgers experiencing meningitis B outbreak

The specimens of the two meningitis B cases for Rutgers undergraduates have been found to have identical genes after special testing done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a University email sent to the Rutgers community. 

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Elliana Given
Deadly Meningitis B Targets College Students

College students face a much higher risk for the deadly bacterial infection meningitis B. Investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that students who were aged 18 to 24 were 3.5 times more likely to contract meningitis B than their peers who were not in school.

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Emma Harrison
CCSU student infected with meningitis on campus

A Central Connecticut State University student was infected with meningitis on the college campus, state officials say. The Connecticut Department of Public Health confirmed meningitis in at least one student at the campus in New Britain on Monday. A state laboratory confirmed the student was infected with meningococcal meningitis B.

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Emma Harrison
Student sickened by bacterial meningitis at CCSU, school says

A case of bacterial meningitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, has seriously sickened a student at Central Connecticut State University, university President Zulma R. Toro said. Although college students typically receive a vaccine for meningitis, it only protects against four of the five types of Neisseria meningitidis, the bacteria that causes the disease. This student’s illness stems from the fifth type, called serogroup B, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

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Emma Harrison
Don't forget about meningitis B: UHS encouraging students to get vaccinated

In September 2018, one student living on campus at University Park was diagnosed with meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. College students in close living environments may be especially at risk for the disease. While Penn State currently requires students living in University housing to be immunized against serogroups A, C, Y and W through the meningococcal conjugate vaccine, the University strongly recommends that students also receive the meningitis B vaccine.

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Emma Harrison