Dec 12, 2013 — It turns out that the bacteria that are responsible meningitis B have a sugar coating that makes them look a lot like human cells. That similarity makes development of a vaccine against the germs especially tricky.
Dec 10, 2013 — The vaccine made by Novartis isn't approved for general use in the United States. But the Food and Drug Administration is allowing it on the Princeton campus. The university is offering the vaccine to students and some other people on campus through Thursday.
Dec 4, 2013 — A meningitis outbreak at the University of California, Santa Barbara is causing the same kind of illnesses seen earlier at Princeton, but public health officials say a different bacterial strain is to blame. The UCSB health service has given preventive antibiotics to over 700 students as a precaution.
Nov 19, 2013 — Princeton University is asking students to get vaccinated with a shot not approved for use in the U.S. in an effort to stop a meningitis outbreak. Meningitis can be deadly, and it spreads in places where people are in close contact, like a dormitory or a prison.
Oct 24, 2012 — Public health officials are trying to strike a balance between alerting, diagnosing and treating patients who might be at risk of fungal infections — and not overdiagnosing and overtreating those who aren't at risk. The caution is warranted. This type of infection can smolder for weeks before exploding into meningitis or causing massive strokes.
Oct 4, 2012 — A steroid drug administered to relieve back pain has been contaminated by the spores of a common leaf mold. Five deaths have been reported so far.