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Rare meningitis outbreak declared at university

March 09, 2010
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COLUMBUS, OH — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared an outbreak and launched an investigation into seven cases of meningitis at Ohio University (OU), the latest of which resulted in a death, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

According to the story, the investigation into why students at the University are more susceptible to the bacteria will utilize federal, state and local scientists and will last a few weeks.

Dr. Mary DiOrio, assistant state epidemiologist, said: "I think that it will be a fairly lengthy survey."
The group of bacteria that caused all seven cases of meningitis at OU — group B — is not prevented by vaccination, the story stated.
Officials have been unable to determine any other connection between the cases other than that they are all students at OU, the story added.
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