Meningococcal Disease

Two students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease within the past few weeks. Town of Amherst health officials, the University of Massachusetts and all Five Colleges are working closely with State and Federal authorities to assure a prompt and coordinated response.

The University Health Services (UHS), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have determined that the two cases of  meningococcal illness on campus originated from a single strain of genetically identical organisms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified the strain of Neisseria meningitidis which caused both cases of meningococcal illness as being of serogroup B. This is the same strain as the case diagnosed last month.

Here are links to keep you updated with the University of Massachusetts Health Services and other important information.

University of Massachusetts Health Services website.

There are two meningococcal fact sheets from Massachusetts Department of Public Health                                                                                                             a.  Meningococcal Disease                                                                                                                                                                                  b.  Meningococcal Disease and College Students

Get detailed information about serotype B meningoccal vaccine.