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Meningococcal Invasive Disease

Princeton University Meningococcal Disease Outbreak, 2013-2014

Situational Update

Nine cases of serogroup (type) B meningococcal disease have been associated with Princeton University. All nine cases were caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup (type) B and occurred between March 2013 and March 2014. The NJDOH, local health officials, Princeton University Health Services (UHS), in consultation with the CDC, continue to work together to closely monitor the situation.

NJDOH continues to stress basic infection prevention activities such as covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, cleaning your hands, and practicing healthy habits. Individuals should remain vigilant (have increased awareness) for signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease. Individuals who are ill should not attend school or work to prevent the spread of disease to others.

At this time, there are no recommendations to cancel any activities or scheduled events on the Princeton University Campus. There are also no recommendations for the surrounding community to avoid contact with Princeton or Princeton students.

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