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Fifth student diagnosed with meningococcemia



A fifth student since the start of winter term was diagnosed with Neisseria meningococcemia Thursday. The patient is hospitalized and responsive. The University of Oregon immediately identified the closest contacts the patient has been with in the past few days and is administering Cipro antibiotic treatment to them, according to university spokesperson Jen McCulley.

When the university learned of the case, they immediately notified the student’s classmates and faculty members, as well as members of the patient’s fraternity, and other students the patient told them he’d been around in the last few days.

The patient is helping health officials identify who he has been around.

More to come.

 


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Scott Greenstone

Scott Greenstone

Rehabilitated ex-homeschooler, former Emerald Senior News Editor, editor-in-chief of The Broadside at Central Oregon Community College, and freelance blogger for Barnes and Noble.

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