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.
Jun 19, 2013 — Some people exposed to tainted steroid injections in last year's meningitis outbreak had slow-moving spinal infections that escaped detection until they had MRI scans. Many of the people didn't have symptoms, or thought the pain was due to their longstanding back problems.
Nov 14, 2012 — Members of a House committee demanded to know why the Food and Drug Administration let the pharmacy that sold tainted drugs continue shipping them after sending a warning letter about problems in 2006.
Nov 3, 2012 — Two new types of fungal infection are emerging among people exposed to contaminated medication from a Massachusetts pharmacy. One involves abscesses around the spine. The other is inflammation of tissue around the nerve roots coming out of the spine.
Oct 26, 2012 — FDA officials say the New England Compounding Center's own environmental monitoring showed multiple instances of contamination going back nearly nine months before an outbreak of meningitis linked to one the company's drugs. The company's knowledge of contamination problems and its failure to act are among the most damning findings to come out investigations of the pharmacy.
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 20, 2012 — The mold is so rare as a cause of human illness that nobody knows its incubation period. That makes it hard to predict when the outbreak will be over.
Oct 16, 2012 — The probe into how patients who were given steroid shots apparently contracted meningitis now includes criminal investigators. At least 15 deaths have been linked to the outbreak.