Princeton May Have A Meningitis Outbreak

Princeton_2013Seven cases of type B meningitis are prompting Princeton University officials to meet over the weekend to discuss whether or not they are going to offer vaccinations to the student body, a University spokesman told CNN.

“This is a question we have been considering very carefully. We will be discussing it with our trustees this weekend, and when we have something to announce we will make an announcement,” spokesman Martin Mbugua said.

The University has been working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New Jersey Department of Health to manage the spread of the disease.

Type B meningitis is a rare strain of the bacterial disease that is not common in the United States; symptoms include headache, fever, vomiting, and rashes; Left untreated, the disease can progress rapidly, and lead to serious complications such as hearing impairment, brain damage, or limb amputations or in the worse case death.

Source: CNN