CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Lab results show the case of meningococcal involving a middle school student is not linked to the outbreak at Oregon State University.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease include sudden onset of:
- high fever
- stiff neck
Anyone displaying these symptoms should seek medical care right away, as the disease can progress rapidly.
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Health officials said the Linus Pauling Middle School student diagnosed serogroup C of the disease and has been discharged from the hospital.
They said the timing of the diagnosis was coincidental and unrelated to the 15-month outbreak.
Since November of 2016, six students have been infected with the B strain of the potentially deadly disease.
Health officials said the disease is preventable with the vaccine and they strongly recommend getting vaccinated.
"This strain is preventable with the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine which is effective against serogroups A, C, W-135, and Y. The vaccine is recommended for all persons 11-18 years of age," said Charlie Fautin, Deputy Director of the Benton County Health Department.
He said if you or your child is experiencing fever, rash, headache or stiff neck-get you should go see your doctor.