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Officials Announce Third Case Of Deadly Disease At OSU


Oregon State University will be holding mass vaccination clinics next week after a student came down with meningococcal disease. Two earlier cases were diagnosed in November.

The two students who became ill with meningococcal disease in November have recovered. Charlie Fautin with Benton County Health Department says the 3rd person is in good condition in a Corvallis hospital. Fautin says it’s not unusual to have so much time between cases but 3 constitute an official outbreak. He says the disease is not easily transmitted.
Fautin:  “Body fluids, sneezing, coughing, sharing of eating utensils, cups, smoking materials some of the same ways flu is spread but it is not nearly as contagious as the flu.”
Fautin says they’re asking undergrads aged 25 and under to get vaccinated, especially those who live in dormitories or other group living situations. A University of Oregon student died of meningococcal disease during an outbreak in 2015.

OSU will offer vaccination clinics on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, in McAlexander Field House from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.

More information on meningococcal disease is available by calling the OSU Student Health Services Nurse Advice line at 541-737-2724 or Benton County Health Department communicable disease nurses at 541-766-6835 or by visiting these websites:




Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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