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Students Return to Campus Affected by Meningococcal Outbreak

By Tracy Lehr, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, tracy@keyt.com
Published On: Jan 07 2014 12:10:23 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 07 2014 12:11:18 PM CST

No new cases reported

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A new quarter began today at U.C. Santa Barbara. Students returned to a campus trying to prevent the recurrence of a meningitis strain outbreak. One of the four students affected late last year had to have his feet amputated.

School administrators said there have not been any new meningococcal cases since November, but the university is looking into getting a vaccine used in Europe that has not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. At least one student flew to London during the winter break to get the vaccinated. Other students said they would like the vaccine to be available to students who live in dorms or fraternity and sorority houses.

Symptoms include fever, headache or neck stiffness. If students feel sick they should seek medical care on campus or elsewhere.
  

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