UO athlete died from meningococcal disease

Lauren Jones was 18

UO athlete Lauren Jones unexpectedly passed away Tuesday. February 17, 2015 (University of Oregon)
UO athlete Lauren Jones unexpectedly passed away Tuesday. February 17, 2015 (University of Oregon)

EUGENE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The CDC told the University of Oregon to prepare to vaccinate 22,000 people in the wake of the death of freshman Lauren Jones from meningococcal disease.

Lauren Jones, the University of Oregon athlete who died suddenly earlier this week, succumbed to meningococcal disease, the Lane County Medical Examiner said Friday.

Jones, 18, was a member of the university’s acrobatics and tumbling team who died suddenly earlier this week. The Lane County Medical Examiner said Friday she died from meningococcal disease, the fourth case at the university in the past two months.

The vaccinations on campus will be voluntary, officials said. Health officials are working with the makers of vaccines to try to get enough doses to the campus.

The details of the mass vaccinations are still being ironed out.

People in close contact with Jones are being contacted by the county health department.

Additionally, officials said antibiotic treatment to those close to Jones are being administered for both short term treatment and to prevent it spreading further.

The campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene (KOIN 6 News, file)
The campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene (KOIN 6 News, file)

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