Rutgers urges students to get meningitis vaccinations
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's flagship university is urging students to get vaccinations due to a likely outbreak of bacterial meningitis.
1 confirmed bacterial meningitis death in North Carolina
FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in a North Carolina county have confirmed that a recent death was caused by bacterial meningitis.
News outlets report the Macon County Public Health...
2 Rutgers students diagnosed with bacterial meningitis
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Officials at Rutgers University say two students have been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and both students were hospitalized.
4 Wyoming schools close after possible meningitis case
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A school district in southern Wyoming has closed four of its campuses over fears that a fourth-grade student might have contracted bacterial meningitis.
Man who streamed police video, died may have had meningitis
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Officials are investigating whether a man who streamed a frantic video from a New Jersey police station and later died had bacterial meningitis.
Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh said Thursday that he and others who had contact with Jameek Lowery were given antibiotics as a precaution. Officials are awaiting lab results to determine whether Lowery had the potentially deadly disease.
Parents of boy who died of bacterial meningitis sue hospital
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The parents of a 9-month-old Springfield baby who died of bacterial meningitis are suing a Springfield hospital, alleging that a misdiagnosis delayed life-saving care.
Michigan files murder charges in 2012 meningitis outbreak
HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan attorney general has filed second-degree murder charges against a pharmacist and the co-founder of a Massachusetts pharmacy who are blamed for a fatal meningitis outbreak.
5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted
BOSTON (AP) — Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses.
A Boston jury acquitted another employee, pharmacist Joseph Evanosky, of all charges after several days of deliberations.
Jury deliberations to resume latest meningitis outbreak case
BOSTON (AP) — Jury deliberations are continuing in the case of six former employees of the Massachusetts facility responsible for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds.
Jurors in the latest case stemming from the outbreak linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center are scheduled to return to federal court on Monday after failing to reach a verdict Friday.
The former employees face mail fraud, racketeering and conspiracy charges.
Student at Connecticut university diagnosed with meningitis
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut university is taking precautions after a student came down with a confirmed case of bacterial meningitis.
Central Connecticut State University President Zulma Toro in a message to the campus community said the state Department of Public Health on Monday confirmed meningitis and is now working to determine the subtype.
The Health Department said it was an isolated case and not an outbreak.
Berlin nightclub patrons urged to get meningitis test
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin authorities on Thursday urged patrons of a famed nightclub in the German capital to immediately visit a doctor to be checked for bacterial meningitis after a visitor was hospitalized for the illness.
The patient likely contracted meningitis at the downtown club on Saturday, officials said.
The KitKatClub is renowned for its sexually uninhibited techno parties that draw visitors from around the world.
Family: Alabama prison was ‘indifferent’ as inmate was dying
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Relatives of a man who died in an overcrowded Alabama prison said officials provided inadequate medical care before his death last month in a facility where the state health agency has confirmed a disease outbreak.
Illness outbreak reported at state prison, 1 inmate dead
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Public health and corrections officials are responding to an illness outbreak at an Alabama prison that left one inmate dead.
The Alabama Department of Public Health said Friday that here has been a pneumococcal disease outbreak at the Ventress Correctional Facility in Barbour County. Three inmates were hospitalized and one inmate died after developing meningitis.
Penn State officials confirm case of bacterial meningitis
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University officials say a student is being treated for bacterial meningitis.
Administrators announced this week the student is recovering at Mount Nittany Medical Center. University health officials are working with the state Department of Health to monitor the case.
Bacterial meningitis can cause inflammation of the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include fever, headache and stiff neck.
Maine students required to get meningococcal vaccine
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine students entering seventh and twelfth grade must now prove they are vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
The new law requires students to get the meningococcal vaccine starting this school year. All students entering seventh grade must receive one dose, while two doses are required for students entering their senior year.
Meningococcal vaccines are a school requirement in more than 20 states. The law also applies to transfer students.
CVI: The impairment affecting children whose eyes are fine
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Tripp McCardle has had a tough go of it during his two years of life. When he was 8 months old, he contracted meningitis, starting a health journey on which he is still traveling.
One of the consequences he suffered from the disease was cortical vision impairment, or CVI. This occurs when the eyes are healthy and able to see, but the brain is not interpreting what is being visualized.
Michigan mom pushes for meningitis vaccination requirement
WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area mom whose daughter died of bacterial meningitis is asking universities to require that students get the meningitis B vaccine.
Louisiana, Mississippi top nation in worst West Nile illness
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and Mississippi are leading the nation in the number of people who have become the most seriously ill from West Nile virus this year. State health departments are warning residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, which spread the virus.
Groups ask UW-Madison to require meningitis B vaccine
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Immunization groups and the mother of a student who died from bacterial meningitis are urging the University of Wisconsin-Madison to require the meningitis B vaccine.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Summer Poff knew something was wrong with her 7-month-old son, Blaize, early in the morning on May 11.
He was fussy, feverish and wouldn't go to sleep. The Salem mom tried to soothe her baby and gave him Tylenol, but at 3 a.m, she knew she needed to take him to the hospital.
She said staff at Legacy Silverton Medical Center also treated Blaize with Tylenol. They sent him home after a few hours, despite her concerns.
La Porte ISD authorities recently alerted parents of children attending Bayshore Elementary School that a prekindergarten student who attends the campus had been hospitalized for bacterial meningitis.
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Pitt students to receive antibiotics after suspected bacterial meningitis case
A University of Pittsburgh student-athlete is recovering from a case of potential bacterial meningitis, officials said Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County, Illinois medical examiner's office has determined that former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards died of complications from meningitis.
Edwards died last month in Chicago after a long illness. He was 74.
The Chicago Tribune reports the medical examiner's finding, released Friday, confirms what the family said when announcing Edwards' death on Feb. 1.
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Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets 8 years in prison
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts pharmacist convicted for his role in a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak fought through sobs as he apologized to victims and their families Wednesday before being sentenced to eight years in prison.
Nearly 80 people died and almost 800 were sickened in what's considered the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history. The fungal meningitis outbreak was caused by mold-tainted steroid injections produced by the New England Compounding Center.
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The Latest: Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets prison
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on sentencing in the 2012 meningitis outbreak (all times local):
A pharmacist at a Massachusetts facility responsible for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Glenn Chin apologized to the victims before he was sentenced in Boston's federal courthouse on Wednesday.
Kentucky student hospitalized with probable meningitis
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky says a student has been hospitalized with a probable case of bacterial meningitis.
Oregon 2nd-grader diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis
LEBANON, Ore. (AP) — A health official says a Lebanon second-grader has been diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis.
The Democrat-Herald reported Thursday that Linn County Health Officer Dr. William Muth said the student attends Green Acres Elementary School.
Muth said that the Public Health Department is working with school officials to identify students and staff who had close contact with the student Jan. 9-12.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has extended the deadline to March 1 for victims or their family members to apply for compensation related to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.
Teacher at Cleveland Heights middle school contracts bacterial meningitis
Teacher at Cleveland Heights middle school contracts bacterial meningitis
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio – A teacher at Heights Middle School in Cleveland Heights has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, the district confirmed Sunday.
Officials say 2 meningitis deaths in Ohio county unrelated
NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) — Health officials in a rural northeast Ohio county say they have no explanation for a second bacterial meningitis death less than two weeks after a 14-year-old boy was fatally infected.
Another case of meningococcal disease at Oregon State
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University said Wednesday it will fight an outbreak of meningococcal disease by requiring students 25 and younger to be vaccinated against the disease by Feb. 15.
The university announced its decision after the Oregon Health Authority reported that an undergraduate has been diagnosed with the disease, the sixth case in an outbreak that began a little more than a year ago.
"We're raising the bar, and that happens today," university spokesman Steve Clark said.
Hawaii launches campaign to prevent spread of rat lungworm
HONOLULU (AP) — Almost 94 percent of rats in the Hilo region are infected with the parasite that causes rat lungworm disease, a recent study on the meningitis-like disease showed.
The research was released Monday as the state started its first statewide campaign to prevent the disease.
Ohio high school closes after probable case of meningitis
GNADENHUTTEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district has announced that its high school will be closed Monday after a student died from what health officials say is a probable case of bacterial meningitis.
The Indian Valley Local Schools in Tuscarawas County sent a letter to parents Saturday that said the student's bus, a school restroom, and other surfaces inside the school will be sanitized. The student hasn't been identified.
Day care closes after 2 toddlers die from possible infection
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida day care has shut down following the deaths of two toddlers a week apart from possible meningitis infections.
The Miami Herald reports that the YWCA Carol Glassman Donaldson Center Day Care closed Tuesday.
The Port Neches-Groves ISD had a nail-biter last week, and it didn't happen on the football field. A student was tested for meningitis, and the situation could have caused district officials to remove other students who didn't get their required immunizations from school.
If PN-G meningitis results return positive, what happens with unvaccinated students?
Update: PN-G ISD said Thursday that the student is not infectious and the illness is contained.
UMass: More than 5,000 vaccinated after meningitis outbreak
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has vaccinated more than 5,000 students during a mass meningitis vaccination program at its Amherst campus.
A UMass spokesman tells The Republican the number of people vaccinated during the four-day clinic that ended Tuesday brings the total amount of students vaccinated this fall to about 7,040.
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UMass schedules mass meningitis vaccination program
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts has scheduled a mass meningitis vaccination program at its Amherst campus after federal health officials determined that two recent cases of the disease at the school should be considered an outbreak.
UMass is recommending that all undergraduates as well as graduate students living in undergraduate housing get vaccinated at one of four clinics planned for the next week. More than 1,400 students have already been vaccinated.
Alabama: Case of meningococcal disease in Jackson County
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health's Immunization Division is investigating a case of meningococcal disease, the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children between the ages of 2 and 18 in the United States.
In a news release Tuesday, the department said the case was found at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County. No other cases have been identified.
UMass Amherst officials say 2 students have meningitis
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have issued a warning to the community after two students were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis.
One student was diagnosed with a variant of the disease on Oct. 24, and a second was diagnosed this past weekend. Both students are in stable condition and health workers are contacting people who may have been in touch with the infected students.
Same strain causes another meningococcal outbreak at OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Health officials are working to contain a recurrence of a potentially deadly disease at Oregon State University after tests confirmed a student has the same strain that caused an outbreak on campus last winter.
3 San Diego State students recovering from meningitis
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say three San Diego State University students treated for viral meningitis are out of the hospital and have no lasting health consequences.
The Union-Tribune said Monday that the three sorority members had viral meningitis, a less severe type of the disease. The newspaper says reports the women had more serious bacterial meningitis are false.
Andrew Garfield contracted meningitis after he was born.
Wyoming student treated for meningitis
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming student is being treated in a hospital after being diagnosed with meningitis.
UW Student Health Service Director Dr. Joanne Steane says the student lives off campus and the risk to the campus community is low.