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Meningitis Outbreak
updated: Nov 16, 2013, 9:34 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know anything about a bacterial meningitis outbreak at UCSB?

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 COMMENT 469423P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 09:36 AM

Happening now at Princeton Univ.


 COMMENT 469425 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 09:44 AM

Got Facts?


 COMMENT 469429 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 09:54 AM

I work and go to school here (as does my husband). We haven't heard a thing about a bacterial meningitis outbreak, and they normally go overboard with warning or informing us about the smallest of issues.


 COMMENT 469434 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 10:14 AM

I friend of mine's high school age son got it here in Santa Barbara. Bummer!


 COMMENT 469439 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 10:25 AM

It's at Princeton but can happen anywhere... we have several cases in SB each year


 COMMENT 469440 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 10:29 AM

We don't have "several cases" of meningococcal meningitis in SB each year. We may have other types, but the type that is gripping Princeton & strikes fear in the medical community is that caused by meningococcus. Believe me, it would be headline news in there was a meningococcal outbreak here.


 COMMENT 469445 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 10:48 AM

Only heard about the problem at Princeton. Nothing locally.


 COMMENT 469452 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 11:21 AM

I did a Google search for "Meningitis" and "UCSB" for the past week. The only results that came up were this post on Edhat. Does that tell you something?


 COMMENT 469456 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 11:33 AM

Better safe than sorry, thanks for asking about it.
Information is power.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 11:37 AM

It's the worse kind to get I had the viral kind when I was a kid it's one of the reasons I'm so screwed up I wish it would have killed me now.


 COMMENT 469463 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 11:52 AM

I think there are more reasons. Death is a little extreme, R.D. Perhaps just a class or two in journalism and ethics would suffice.


 COMMENT 469472P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 12:53 PM

Wow 463 that seems a bit harsh unless I'm missing an inside joke here.


 COMMENT 469473 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 12:57 PM

Based on the way the kids live out there I'm surprised they're not all infected with something. IV is a 1 sq mile CDC experiment.


 COMMENT 469476 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 01:05 PM

Doesn't this thread resemble yelling "fire" in a crowded movie theater?

I mean if there is no meningitis outbreak at UCSB, you've just started a good deal of unnecessary fear.

If there is a meningitis outbreak at UCSB, for certain the Public Health Department and others would be posting warnings on the news.

Anything can be shared on the Internet these days, except probably this comment.


 COMMENT 469477 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 01:08 PM

A freshman from San Diego came very close to dying from meningitis earlier this week, but seems to have stabilized. Thankfully his roommates managed to get him to the hospital or he may not have made it. He has been in ICU in an induced coma all week, but it seems like things are improving. A website has been put up by his family so people can stay updated on his situation and leave comments of support. I cannot post the link, but if you search "caringbridge Aaron Loy", you should be able to find it.


 COMMENT 469503 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 03:35 PM

No meningitis outbreak at UCSB. Confirmed.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 05:51 PM

No more school for me 63 I'm done.


 COMMENT 469546 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 06:43 PM

It's out there all the time and anyone can get it, though people who live in communal housing (college students are one group) seem to be at greater risk.

People can get it here (and do all the time) but that doesn't mean there's an "outbreak."


 COMMENT 469558 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 07:34 PM

there is one very serious confirmed case actually, and many people being told to come in for booster shots and an antibiotic


 COMMENT 469611P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-16 10:34 PM

This discussion from a Google search:

Is UCSB Housing being notified? What is the suggestion about team members getting immunizations (some reports suggest re-vaccination every 3-5 years for high risk). http://www.cdc.gov/.../hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.pdf ; http://studenthealth.sa.ucsb.edu/.../healthalerts.aspx
November 13 at 8:50am

Housing is aware of the situation, and the whole team is getting antibiotics today.
November 13 at 10:57am


 COMMENT 469694 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-17 10:33 AM

Do you get feaarful when you read something on the computer or hear it on the news?
I would fire up your internal junk filter.


 COMMENT 469698P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-17 10:49 AM

Meningitis outbreaks occur at colleges and other dormitory situations now and then. There is a very effective immunization for meningococcal meningitis recommended for all before heading off for the their freshman year in college. But if someone is off in college and hasn't had the immunization, they can probably get it in student health, or from their own physician when home for the holidays.


 COMMENT 469735 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-17 01:41 PM

For those who said the OP was creating something out of nothing, it's impossible to judge that if you don't have firsthand knowledge. Late this week, UCSB student health was filled with 30-40 students getting checked out for this (all at once in the same day). If one had seen this or been privy to it, I can understand the worry. It was all people who came in contact with the infected student and friends of friends as well. Student health is making sure everyone is safe, but there is only one known case at this time. UCSB or any other college can have an outbreak as stated above, but his case was caught early enough to save his life (although still critical) and also help others who may have been unknowingly exposed.


 COMMENT 469775P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-17 04:19 PM

Just get your immunization in advance so you don't have to panic. Preventative medicine beats active disease and treatment every time!!


 COMMENT 469814 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-17 07:12 PM

I was not trying to spark fear by asking a question about a possible "outbreak". I work in close contact with those involved and was unable to get any information anywhere. @476, If you get scared by a simple question then maybe an open forum is not the place where you should be spending your time. I am sorry if I scared you, but if you are scared from your computer, how do you think those of us who were possibly exposed felt. Good luck to the two people fighting this situation.


 COMMENT 469884 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-18 09:31 AM

From a UCSB handout----

Approximately 3,000 cases of bacterial meningitis occur each year in the U.S. Preliminary data from a surveillance study of U.S. college students indicates that, for college freshmen, the rate is 1.4 cases per 100,000. For college freshmen living in dormitories, the rate is 3.8 cases per 100,000.

In 2011 a phd student from UCSB died of this, but it is not clear where she acquired it because she didn't live in a dorm or anything like that.


 COMMENT 469929 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-18 11:34 AM

A second case has popped up at UCSB. An email warning all of the students about the symptoms was sent out today.


 COMMENT 470014 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-11-18 06:26 PM

posted on the KEYT website 10 am 11/18/13 "Two students at UC Santa Barbara have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease. One of those students has meningitis.
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Santa Barbara County Public Health and Health Services at UCSB have been working closely since the first case of meningococcal was discovered last week. The second case popped up Sunday."


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