Drexel Meningitis Death May Be Linked to Contact with Princeton Students

Princeton announces Drexel student Stephanie Ross died from the same strain of meningitis that was present at the Ivy League university.

There is now more information on the sudden death of a Drexel student from meningitis earlier this month.

Today, Princeton announced the death of Stephanie Ross may be due to contact with a student at the Ivy League school. The Daily Princetonian reports:

“The Drexel student had been in close contact with students from Princeton University about a week before becoming ill,” the email read, citing an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition, the email, signed by Vice President for Student Life Cynthia Cherrey, said that genetic testing had identified that the same strain responsible for the cases at Princeton had been the the cause of the case at Drexel.

The news means the meningitis strain may still be present at Princeton.

[Daily Princetonian]

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  • Cristina Lete

    One case is not an outbreak…however, this case IS considered to be a continuation of the Princeton outbreak. Princeton University and the NJ Department of Health are calling this the 9th case.

    Hygiene and prophylactic antibiotics are essential at this time, but there is another option to protect the Drexel students in the longer term. A proven menB vaccine, Bexsero, is accessible now, just north of the border, in Canada.

    Novartis has announced that they will be applying for licensure for Bexsero in the U.S. in this year’s second quarter. I believe Bexsero will be standard issue by 2015 in this country. For the students at Drexel, this is not soon enough.

    The CDC is not going to go through another “compassionate use” procedure to obtain Bexsero as they did at Princeton and UCSB until more kids at Drexel get sick, possibly maimed, or killed.

    Parents of Drexel University Students: Be aware that the menB vaccine Bexsero is now available in Canada. You do not have to wait for your kid to be that next case that gets the CDC to move on filing a “compassionate use” protocol for Bexsero on the Drexel campus. Consider taking a trip to Toronto or Montreal over the upcoming spring break, and another in the summer to complete the 2 doses necessary to protect against this devastating disease which has appeared on your campus.