Emergency Guidelines for the Campus Community

Communications to Faculty, Staff, Students

E-Mail sent Friday, May 10 at 5:22 PM

Health Advisory: One case of bacterial meningitis confirmed on campus, May 7

Health officials have confirmed that meningococcal bacteria known as type B was identified in the case of the Princeton University student who has been receiving treatment at a local hospital for bacterial meningitis.

Meningococcal bacteria type B has no effective vaccine but can be treated with common antibiotics. The student is recovering and there have been no new reported cases since the student was hospitalized Monday night.

The same type of bacteria was present in two other cases of bacterial meningitis associated with the University in March and April.

University Health Services and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety are encouraging members of the University community to pay increased attention to personal hygienic practices.

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

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

More information about bacterial meningitis is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The University has additional information online.

Cynthia Cherrey
Vice President for Campus Life
Princeton University 
220 Nassau Hall
P: 609-258-3056
F: 609-269-2310

Please visit us online at the Office of Campus Life

The Federal Clery Act requires that where a university determines that there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, the university must follow its emergency notification procedures. Princeton University is issuing this emergency notification in accordance with its procedures.





Last update: 10-May-2013 5:43 PM
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