Between March 22 and May 20, three Princeton University undergraduate students and one campus visitor were diagnosed with bacterial meningitis and treated.

All four cases were caused by meningococcal bacteria known as type B, which has no effective vaccine but can be treated with common antibiotics.

Bacterial meningitis is generally transmitted through direct exchange of respiratory and throat secretions by close personal contact, such as coughing, sharing drinks, kissing or being in close proximity for an extended period.

University Health Services and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are encouraging members of the University community and visitors to pay increased attention to personal hygienic practices. They recommend these helpful precautions:

  • Always coughing into a sleeve or tissue, washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer often.
  • Not sharing drinking glasses, smoking materials or eating utensils, or drinking from a common source, such as a punch bowl.

Symptoms of bacterial meningitis could include high fever, headache and stiff neck. These symptoms can develop over several hours, or they may take one to two days. The average incubation period is four days, but it can range between two and 10 days. If you or someone you know experiences symptoms or has health concerns, please seek medical attention immediately.

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