CDC Says Outbreak of Bacterial Meningitis at OU

by Emily Baird on March 9, 2010 at 5:18 am

Ohio University has been experiencing what the Centers for Disease Control is now calling an outbreak of bacterial meningitis.

A total of eight cases were reported over the past two years. Almost all of those students were treated at hospitals and released, but one student did die from the potentially fatal disease back in February.

A press release indicates the university is looking into why so many students are contracting it.

Currently, about 70 percent of OU students have received a vaccination against bacterial meningitis, but the university recently implemented a rule, requiring that all students receive this vaccination.

The CDC says it will continue to work with the university and to monitor any future cases.