The University of Mbadachusetts Amherst announced on Tuesday that there is an outbreak of meningitis on campus after two students were diagnosed with meningococcal disease in October and November.
A student, who lives on campus, tested positive for bacterial meningitis. 12, and another was diagnosed in October with a strain of meningococcal disease not covered by the vaccine that students must have to attend school.
After extensive testing of the two cases, university health services, the state Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clbadified the cases as an outbreak because they originated from a single strain of genetically identical organisms, the university said in a statement on Tuesday. The CDC performed the tests.
After the clbadification, Dr. George A. Corey, executive director of school health services, sent an email to the community recommending that high-risk students receive vaccinations in a series of four walks-in clinics during the next two weeks.
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"These additional measures to protect the university community reinforce the decisions made by the university to begin vaccinating in the last two weeks," Corey said in the email.  High-risk students include all undergraduate students, graduate students who live in undergraduate housing, and students with other medical conditions. Faculty and staff are not considered high risk unless they have another medical condition.
So far, the meningococcal B vaccine has been administered to more than 1,400 students, the university said. There have been no interruptions in the clbades due to the outbreak.