Second UO student contracts bacterial infection

First student contracted potentially deadly bacterial infection in January

Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)
Entrance of University of Oregon in Eugene. (uoregon.edu)

EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A second University of Oregon student was diagnosed with meningococcemia, Lane County Public Health officials said Tuesday.

Meningococcemia is a very serious and potentially deadly bacterial infection. While infected people can transmit the bacteria, it cannot live for more than a few minutes outside the body. Health officials said the disease does not spread as easily as the common cold or influenza.

County health spokesman Jason Davis said the female student is in stable condition at an Oregon hospital.

The first meningococcemia case at the University of Oregon was reported in January.

In order to contract the disease, there must be extended face-to-face contact or contact with saliva through kissing, sharing cups or utensils, Lane County Public Health officials said.

If you have an unexplained fever, headache or neck pain please seek immediate medical attention. Meningococcemia is preventable with prophylactic medication.

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