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8th Case of Meningitis Confirmed at Princeton

Princeton University confirms an eighth case of meningitis this year.

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The Star-Ledger reports that Princeton officials emailed members of the university community informing them that a female student developed meningitis symptoms on Wednesday and was hospitalized Thursday.

Tests are being conducted to determine if the student has type B meningococcal bacteria, a strain of the disease that has already affected six students and a campus visitor since March.

The Food and Drug Administration this week approved importing Bexsero for limited use at Princeton. The vaccine is approved in Europe and Australia but not in the U.S.

It’s the only vaccine for use against the strain that has been identified at Princeton.

A case of meningitis was also reported this week at Monmouth University. The strain is not immediately known.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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