Another OSU student diagnosed with meningococcal disease


Meningococcal disease

Oregon State University has made vaccinations for meningococcal disease, after their students effected with the deadly infection.

Meningococcal disease caused by a bacterium, meningococcus, it is an incurable disease. It causes meningitis, widespread blood infection can result in sepsis. Meningitis and meningococcemia are major causes of illness, death, and mental condition in both developed and under-developed countries.

However, the students of the university had received a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four common strains of the disease and recently expanded that requirement to include a vaccine for strain B. Total 25 students must be vaccinated against meningococcus B.

Sixth OSU student infected with meningococcal disease

While, a 21-year-old undergraduate becoming the sixth OSU student infected with meningococcal disease since the outbreak began. Testing is underway to determine the strain of bacteria that caused the disease.

Dr. Paul Cieslak, said, vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease. Nearly, 15 percent of people will die around the world, and another 15 percent of survivors can expect serious health consequences, adding deafness, blindness and amputation of the extremities.

While, researchers worked with infected students to identify and provide them with antibiotics to avoid off the disease.

The students who previously diagnosed with the disease have recovered. However, meningococcal disease can have acute results. The effects of a meningococcus infection can mimic a cold or flu, it is usually accompanied by one or more telling symptoms such as unexplained high fever, headache, stiff neck or rash.

Immunization is important for this disease, to keep the outbreak from spreading further.