New Brunswick Campus Cases of Meningococcal Meningitis

May 11, 2016

On April 29, 2016, a student at the New Brunswick Campus was hospitalized and diagnosed with bacterial meningitis caused by Neisseria meningitides (meningococcal) serogroup B type. This case follows another New Brunswick Campus student hospitalized on March 18 with Neisseria meningitides serogroup B type. The testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that the bacteria from the two cases are genetically identical even though no common link was found between the two cases. This suggests that the strain is present on the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus.

Rutgers-NB Health Services, the NJ Department of Health and the CDC are working together to develop public health recommendations, including vaccination, to protect the Rutgers University-New Brunswick community.

These two meningococcal cases are isolated in the New Brunswick Campus and have no links at this time with the Newark Campus.

To learn more about meningococcal disease, read the CDC information on meningococcal disease. For any questions, please contact us and speak with a Health Services medical staff.