• Spokane Case

    A case of meningococcal meningitis is being investigated by the Spokane County health officials in Sacajawea Middle School involving a female student. Dr. Bob Lutz, SRHD health officer said, “We make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and if close contact occurred—where saliva droplets may have been shared—we recommend these individuals look for […]

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  • Sneaky Killer

    Montreal’s Marianopolis College student died after her 18th birthday celebration of meningococcal infection. She got sick her birthday party and had to leave the event early. Student Ambro Kanawati.said, “It was her birthday and she was drinking, then she started vomiting and everyone thought that she was vomiting because she drank too much, but it […]

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  • “Fake” Vaccine

     Niger health authorities said, “they had found a fake version of a meningitis vaccine after launching a vaccination campaign to inoculate 5 million children against the disease”.  The Ministry of Public Health Dr. Idi Illiassou Mainassara said the bogus vaccine, Mencevax ACWY, had been discovered during a “routine inspection” in the Niger capital city of […]

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  • Louisville Blues

    An undergraduate student of the University of Louisville (UofL) has been diagnosed and hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis. The student is in good condition, resides in a UofL residential hall with a roommate who has not shown symptoms of the disease and is being treated prophylactically. Bacterial meningitis is best prevented by these two vaccines. Both […]

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  • Community Effort

    Many families in the Hikurangi community were on high alert after the death of a local girl of meningococcal W last year. Many people could not afford to pay to immunise children so Shona Whitehead has set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of April so children at Hikurangi School who are not […]

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  • Second Case

    A second student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick was hospitalized & diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. The first student had serogroup B meningococcal disease (MenB) & has been released from the hospital. Testing is being done to determine the specific type/serogroup of meningococcal bacteria in the 2nd student. School officials and doctors are trying to […]

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  • Too Late

    Alexis Albert died in July after contracting meningococcal disease six days after she celebrated her seventh birthday. Her mother Rowshae said, “I was actually quite hurt hearing that the Government are actually taking this seriously. Why didn‘t the Government or the health officials announce this actually during the winter season where it started peaking?” The […]

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  • Don’t Give Up

    In November 2008, Jamie was hanging with friends on campus in Austin, Texas but 14 hours later ended up in the emergency room after she developed flu-like symptoms. She was diagnosed with meningococcal disease, an uncommon but aggressive infection that, within 24 hours of onset of symptoms, can be fatal or cause life-long disability. In […]

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  • Policy Change

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is going through regulatory steps for a potential change.  First, the meningococcal vaccine may soon join the list of immunizations required to attend school in Kansas, the vaccine that protects against four types of the meningococcal disease. A separate vaccine against another type of meningococcal meningitis seen in […]

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  • Bad Trip

    Patryk Jarczak, 18, fell ill just a day after arriving in the Emirates on a week-long trip with his parents and eight-year-old brother from Poland. Patrick must have contracted the illness before leaving home because the incubation period for meningococcal meningitis is usually around four days.  After spending a morning at the beach, he initially […]

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