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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

University confirms third student with meningococcal disease

Despite an aggressive vaccination campaign, the university confirmed a third student has contracted a strain of meningococcal disease, according to a Thursday release.

The student, who is being treated at a local hospital, will receive further testing to confirm if the illness is related to the rare serogroup B that had infected two other students earlier this month.

University Health Services is urging all undergraduates under the age of 25 to get vaccinated, and so far more than 12,000 students have received the vaccine since it became available last Thursday.

For students who have not yet been vaccinated, the vaccine will be available for free at the Southeast Recreational Facility from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Thursday and Monday, as well as Nov. 2 from noon until 8 p.m.

Meningitis is a serious disease with a rapid onset of symptoms, and officials are urging anyone who believes they may be experiencing symptoms to contact UHS immediately.

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