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Two UMass Students Have Meningococcal Illnesses

Originally Aired Nov. 14 2017

Update 5:15 p.m. Nov. 15 2017: UHS has confirmed that the second student, who contracted meningitis, was infected with the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria. Head to timestamp 3:42 to see why that matters.

Two UMass students have fallen ill from Meningococcal infections in the past month, according to releases from University Health Services. Last month, a student infected with the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria contracted meningococcemia, a blood infection that can kill in hours. The student is reported to be in stable condition.

It is not yet known what strain of bacteria infected the second student, who contracted meningitis, an infection of the brain, and is also reported to be in stable condition. UMass students are not required to be vaccinated against the B-strain of the Meningococcus bacteria, but vaccinations to protect against this strain are available at UHS. Dr. George Corey, director of University Health Services, and Anne Becker, R.N. spoke to WMUA News about the outbreak. WMUA News’ Jesse Fisher, Kenneth Borges, and Becky Wandel report.

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