Another student treated for meningococcal disease at OSU

Another student at OSU is being treated for meningococcal disease. Health officials said the student is the fourth student to be treated within a year.

Posted: Oct 29, 2017 1:08 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2017 1:08 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A student at Oregon State University is being treated for meningococcal disease.

Health officials don't know what strain it is, but should have the results by early next week.

In the past year, there have been three cases of the B strain of meningococcal disease at Oregon State, one in February and two in November of 2016.

The Benton County Health Department is working to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the student so they can be treated with antibiotics.

Symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, exhaustion, nausea, rash, and vomiting. Health officials said people who have spent at least four hours in close contact with a person suffering from the disease, within seven days before the illness started, are at risk.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical treatment immediately.

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