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Meningococcemia caused Lauren Jones’ death, say public health officials



Lane County Public Health confirmed that Lauren Jones’ death was caused by meningococcemia. Jones is the fourth confirmed case of meningococcemia at the University of Oregon this year and the first death from the bacteria, which is also known as Neisseria meningitidis.

“As you’ve seen, it can be minute by minute.”

The University Health Center will offer large scale vaccinations in the coming weeks, more information to follow. Meningococcemia is a bacteria that can cause meningitis, but it is not meningitis. There have been no documented cases of meningitis at UO this year.


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Alex is a head correspondent at the Emerald focusing on higher education and student government. She is also a producer for the Emerald Podcast Network and a huge fan of the Daily Show.