CDC: Princeton Students Won’t Be Quarantined This Thanksgiving

They can go home, despite the meningitis outbreak on campus.

The Star-Ledger reports: “Despite the outbreak of an unusual strain of meningitis on campus, Princeton University students returning home for the holidays don’t pose a risk to the community, according to a CDC official.”

Outbreaks of meningitis rarely move from a campus to the surrounding community, said Amanda Cohn, a pediatrician with the CDC who specializes in meningitis.

“I understand the anxiety and concern these cases cause, and we don’t mean to say don’t worry about it,” she said. “We don’t have evidence to suggest that kids going home for Thanksgiving will be spreading this strain into those communities.”

There have been seven cases of meningitis at Princeton. But don’t worry about it!


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  • Princeton ’14

    Actually there have been eight cases as of several days ago…
    While I found the first portion of this brief article to be comforting for the sake of my friends and family back home, the fall-through in fact checking as evidenced by the penultimate sentence has restored my concern. Please confirm statistics before publication.
    Nonetheless, happy holidays and good health to all.