PRINCETON, NJ – When most people think about going off to school, usually they think about good times and having fun. But kids at Princeton University have something new to think about – a meningitis outbreak.
The New Jersey Department of Health declared one after seven people got sick. The latest case popped up last week.
“I remember it was pretty instant, you know. She went from feeling almost fine, to the next minute a 103 fever,” said Adam Krop, a student at Princeton.
So what’s different about this meningitis outbreak? Well, doctors say a C strain is usually the culprit of college outbreaks. But this one is a rare type B.
Symptoms, besides having a fever, include headaches, vomiting, rashes, and a stiff neck, and if left untreated, the disease could get serious and cause hearing loss, brain damage, limb amputations, and even death.
The good news is the disease is 100-percent preventable with a vaccine. So let’s hope students heed the warning.