An Oregon State University student has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, raising the possibility of a fresh outbreak on the Corvallis campus.
Benton County health officials announced on Friday that an OSU undergrad is being treated for the potentially deadly illness, which can be spread through close contact with an infected person. Test results showing which strain of the disease is involved are expected to be available next week.
Bill Emminger, director of the county’s Environmental Health Division, said in a news release that it seems likely that all close contacts of the unidentified student have been identified and given preventive antibiotics, but anyone experiencing high fever, headache, stiff neck or other symptoms of meningitis should seek medical attention.
Three OSU students were infected with strain B of the meningococcal virus last winter, prompting health officials to declare an outbreak. All of the infected students were hospitalized for treatment and recovered from the disease, and dozens of people who were in close contact with them received antibiotics.
The university also scheduled large-scale vaccination clinics in an effort to ensure that potentially susceptible populations were immunized against strain B.
A 2015 outbreak at the University of Oregon sickened seven people and left one student dead.