Meningitis Case at 2nd NJ University

By Kelly Ward
|  Thursday, Nov 21, 2013  |  Updated 2:34 PM EDT
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A case of Meningitis has been reported at a second New Jersey university.

An employee of Monmouth University in West Long Branch was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis and has been hospitalized in very serious condition, according to a letter sent out Thursday by the school's president Dr. Paul R. Brown.

The letter also states that the university is in touch with the Center for Disease Control and that the CDC is directing the their response to the situation.

Monmouth University is the second university in New Jersey to report the potentially fatal illness in less than a week.

Princeton University decided on Monday to administer a meningitis vaccine that hasn't been approved in the U.S. after a seventh case was reported. The doses will be available to undergraduate and graduate students who live on campus, as well has employees suffering from certain medicial conditions.

The CDC says the outbreak at Princeton is the first in the world since the vaccine against the type B meningococcal bacteria was approved in Europe and Australia this year, the only one for use against the strain. The vaccine is in the approval process in the U.S.

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