Concerns of a meningitis outbreak could be arising after an employee at Monmouth University was hospitalized with meningococcal meningitis.
Seven cases of the infection have been reported at Princeton University since March.
Doctors at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank say the case is not related to the Princeton sicknesses, and a meningitis outbreak is not necessarily imminent. But there are reasons that it could be.
1.) It’s happened before. NJ.com reported that the Department of Health declared a meningitis outbreak at Princeton in May after four cases of the disease occurred in about two months. The Health Department made the announcement after consulting with local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2.) The CDC is allowing Princeton to administer a vaccine that has not yet been approved in the United States. NBC News reported that Princeton officials have agreed to import and pay for Bexsero, which has been approved in Europe and Australia.