Meningitis at Princeton

Submitted by ub on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 19:37

A very rare strain of meningitis has caused 7 cases and the fear is there is a carrier at Princeton University which is trying to contain an outbreak of bacterial meningitis that has sickened several students, school and health officials.

NJ Health officials have confirmed seven cases at Princeton, with all but one of the cases involving students.

The meningitis has been identified as "Type B," which is not covered by the standard vaccine commonly administered to students in the United States.

Meningitis can progress rapidly within hours of the onset of symptoms, and if untreated can lead to shock or death. Health official say complications can include hearing loss, brain damage or kidney disease.