Students react to new case of meningitis at OSU

A sixth case of the possibly deadly meningococcal disease has been diagnosed at Oregon State University.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 6:52 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore.-- News of a sixth case of menongicoccal disease has Oregon State University students talking.

They are wondering why the disease keeps spreading, and hope this is the last case. 

"I think the disease is spreading a lot more quickly because of the student activity off campus more than on campus. A lot of people are a lot more cautious when on campus," said Violetta White, an OSU Student.

White said close living conditions in sorority and fraternity houses could be to blame for the spread of germs.

The house manager at the Sigma Nu fraternity Christian Schuster said they are doing all they can to keep the house safe.

"When someone does present symptoms or seems to be sick, we quarantine them to their room, we bring them food, they use a separate bathroom, just to make sure any form of transmission is eliminated," he said. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meningococcal disease can affect the lining of the brain, spinal cord fluids and blood.

Since the first cases this year, the school has ramped up precautions. OSU sent out emails warning students of the symptoms, like a high fever, headache, stiff neck and rash. The emails also explained how to prevent the spread of disease.

The university is recommending that all students get the vaccination during winter break.

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