Third Case of Bacterial Infection Confirmed In Lane County

Feb 9, 2015

Lane County Public Health has confirmed a third case of a University of Oregon student with the deadly bacterial infection that can lead to meningitis. Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says the young man lives off campus. He says the U of O has reached out to students and others who may have been in contact with the patient.

A third UO student has been diagnosed with the bacterial infection.

"The good news is it is a relatively confined population of people and so we're confident that we're going to be able to get a handle on this."

Davis says the bacteria moves slowly and if people work with public health and the University, the strain can be contained. It is a potentially deadly illness.

Two other U of O students were recently diagnosed with the bacterial infection -- meningococcemia. Davis says both are in stable condition after being hospitalized.