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Seventh person connected to UO meningococcal outbreak

Oregon Public Health officials confirmed today that a seventh person contracted meningococcal disease in connection with the University of Oregon outbreak. The 52-year-old man contracted the meningococcal disease when visiting his child on campus on May 2 and 3, the Register Guard reports. This is the same disease that led …

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Possible sixth student diagnosed with meningococcemia

Officials are looking into a possible new case of meningococcemia at the UO, which would be the sixth since January.

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Fifth student diagnosed with meningococcemia

The student, the fifth diagnosed with meningococcemia since the start of winter term, is hospitalized and responsive.

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Meningitis vaccinations on campus

Jen McCulley and several students discuss receiving the meningitis vaccination at the Matthew Knight Arena clinic.

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The University of Oregon isn’t offering meningitis vaccine to off-campus grad students

Those in charge of deciding who gets the vaccination have decided that grad students who live off campus are not at-risk enough for meningitis vaccine.

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Meningitis vaccinations begin at University of Oregon, other Eugene locations (map)

The largest mass-vaccination against the B strain of the meningitis causing bacteria is underway at the University of Oregon.

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Meningococcemia at the University of Oregon: What you need to know

An acrobatics and tumbling athlete passed away on Feb. 17, re-igniting concerns about meningococcemia on campus. This is what we know about the disease.

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University of Oregon prepares for large-scale meningococcemia vaccination

The university Health Center is currently vaccinating students as requested.

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University of Oregon administers emergency meningococcemia-preventing antibiotics at Barnhart

The action is a response to the death of Lauren Jones, a freshman acrobatics and tumbling athlete.

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UO restrained the meningococcemia bacteria, is it enough?

With three cases of bacteria meningococcemia confirmed within a month, the university has been on high alert with a possible outbreak. But the tension has died out in less than a week after the third case was confirmed, according to student Jake Wilmink, the roommate of the second student diagnosed with the infectious …

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Past deaths are why UO is on high alert for meningitis

When the University Oregon Health Center learned that another student had contracted a meningitis-causing bacteria (its scientific name is meningococcemia) Feb. 3, the staff dropped all afternoon plans. The call came at 2:45 p.m., and by 3:30 p.m. the Health Center Director Michael Eyster met with UO’s Office of Emergency Management …

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UO student suspected of Neisseria Meningococcemia is cleared

UO student reported yesterday symptoms similar to those of the first UO student who contracted Neisseria Meningococcemia, commonly known as meningitis. Oregon female, whose name is not being disclosed, lived in close proximity to the first patient in Earl Hall. Students who lived near the first patient were encouraged to …

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Another UO student contracts meningitis-causing bacteria

A second female University of Oregon student was exposed to and contracted the meningococcemia, according to the Register Guard. UO students who may have come into contact with the student were contacted via email and text message. The student, who was living on campus in Earl Hall, is in stable condition …

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UO past danger zone for meningitis spreading, public health says

It’s been over seven days since a student was hospitalized with an infection from a bacteria that causes meningitis and Lane County Public Health is no longer worried about whether or not the bacteria has spread. The incubation period for meningococcemia is seven days, which means that if the unnamed student passed …

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Infected student’s condition stabilized, but related cases still unknown

The student who contracted Neisseria Meningococcemia on Friday is stabilizing, according to Lane County Health officials. She remains unnamed, and has been moved to a hospital in her hometown. This is an improvement over the student’s health earlier today, when the Emerald posted an update saying that the student was in …

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UO student diagnosed with meningitis-causing bacteria

Update (7:45 p.m. on Jan. 17): The student’s condition is stabilizing. Update (1:49 p.m. on Jan. 17): The student is unresponsive and in septic shock, health officials reported. If she does recover there is significant risk of neurological damage. Lane County Health has heard nothing about any other cases. Friday afternoon, Lane …

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Meningitis more likely within close-quartered living situations

According to the Meningitis Foundation of America, a college lifestyle of late nights, partying, or social and educational stress are some — but in no way all — factors leading to one contracting the disease.

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Death of University student sparks concern about meningitis exposure

The reported death of University student Lill Pagenstecher from bacterial meningitis Friday night has students and the campus community wondering about the infection.

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Meningitis identified on campus

Tuesday afternoon, University health officials identified a student living in the Living Learning Center South who had a “probable” case of meningococcal meningitis. The student was hospitalized and tested positive for the bacteria. The University posted a message on its online UO Alert! system warning of the severity of the …

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UO to adopt new vaccine to combat risk of meningitis

The University Health Center will replace its current meningitis vaccine with the new, more expensive vaccine, Menactra, which the Food and Drug Administration approved Jan. 14. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that college freshmen who live in residence halls get the new vaccination. Health center officials are …

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Meningitis death possibly linked to Sept. 20 concert

Lane County Public Health officials have discovered a possible link between the death of 16-year-old Mani Shimada, a student at Wellsprings Friends School, and the illness of 15-year-old Christina Norton. Norton, a South Eugene International High School student, became seriously ill after contracting what is suspected to be bacterial meningitis, …

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Researchers to test vaccine for meningitis on campus

A new vaccine for meningitis being tested in Eugene this week could protect against the disease longer than the existing vaccine, according to the doctor leading the study. Dr. Donald England, the medical director of Radiant Research in Eugene, said researchers are looking for 100 people to participate in tests …

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Meningitis awareness on the rise

When freshman Jill Dieringer went to the University Health Center last February, doctors had no idea the sore throat she complained of was an early symptom of a deadly disease. They sent her home, believing she had nothing more serious than a case of the common cold or flu. But …

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