Information about meningitis cases at Princeton University

An outbreak of 7 cases of meningococcal meningitis at Princeton has been going on since March.  All cases have been with the same B strain (the B strain is not covered by the current vaccine available in the US).  The last case prompted the CDC to approve use at Princeton of a vaccine not available in the US that covers the B strain.  This vaccine is not approved or available to be given elsewhere.

There have been no cases of meningococcal disease at Brown and we are not aware of any students exposed to the most recent case at Princeton or at risk.  More information on meningitis is available on the Brown Health Education website or the CDC website.

Edward Wheeler, MD
Director, Brown Health Services