OSU hit with 6th case of meningococcal disease

Maricruz Casares
Diciembre 20, 2017

Officials with the Oregon Health Authority, Benton County Health Department and Oregon State University (OSU) reported today on a sixth case of meningococcal disease in a OSU Corvallis student since November 2016. There are five strains of the bacteria that cause the disease; most cases in the United States are due to B, C and Y. The cases in OR have been due to B.

"Effective immediately, Oregon State University will require all of its Corvallis students 25 and younger to be vaccinated for meningococcal B disease by February 15", he said.

Health officials said in a news release that the strain has not been identified.

Dr. Paul Cieslak
OSU hit with 6th case of meningococcal disease

A University of OR student died during an outbreak on the Eugene campus in 2015. "Prior to this latest case, vaccinations were encouraged for all OSU students 25 years and under, but required for all incoming first-year students and transfer students". Most don't get sick.

The disease primarily afflicts young people and can spread in group living situations such as dormitories.

Anyone who's been in contact with a person who's developed the disease needs to be treated with antibiotics to prevent them from coming down with the infection.

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