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Friday, April 19, 2024

University releases update on meningococcal disease cases

UW-Madison released details Monday of two cases of meningococcal disease found on campus last week, announcing that the students contracted a relatively rare form of the disease.

Both cases were of the serogroup B, which the university said many students may not be vaccinated against. University Health Services said they have been consulting with state and county officials on how to contain any potential spreading of the disease on campus.

“We are grateful that both students are recovering. We hope to be able to provide additional information later this week or early next," says William Kinsey, director of medical services at UHS, in an email. "In the meantime we want to remind everyone of the signs and symptoms of meningitis and encourage all students to limit the spread of respiratory illness by not sharing cups, glasses, or other items."

Meningococcal disease can cause meningitis, which is an inflammation of the brain or spinal cord linings.

While details about the two students who contracted the disease could not be released due to privacy concerns, both have been undergone tests and are recovering. Other students who could have been exposed are also receiving treatment.

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