Santa Barbara
58° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
55° F
Fog
Fog
San Luis Obispo
57° F
Clear
Clear
Ventura
58° F
Clear
Clear

UCSB Parent Plans to Send Son to London to Get Meningitis Vaccine

By Jim Murray, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, jim.murray@keyt.com
Published On: Dec 22 2013 12:30:19 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 22 2013 12:58:01 AM CST

The recent meningitis outbreak at UCSB has put students in danger. Four students have been treated, including one who had his feet amputated because of complications from meningitis.

Santa Barbara, Calif. -

Four UC Santa Barbara students have been treated for the B strain of Meningitis, including one who had his feet amputated because of complications from the disease.

Safety concerns caused one UCSB parent to take drastic measures to keep her son safe. As administrators at UCSB struggled to deal with the outbreak, The parents of of Jacob Fauman decided to take matters into their own hands.

After hearing that UCSB freshman Aaron Loy had his feet amputated as a result of being infected by Meningitis,  Fauman's mom, Dr. Cristina Lete, a physician  from Massachusetts, arranged for her son to fly to London to receive the shot.
 
"There is a vaccine available for the a-strain, but not for the B-strain, at least not in the United States, and it's the B-strain which is affecting the students at UCSB," said Dr. William Meller, a board certified internal medicine specialist. He added that he wasn't surprised that the FDA has been slow to approve the vaccine because they are generally cautious about approving new treatments. 
 
The trip to London will cost Fauman's family over $4000 dollars, a price they are willing to pay for their son's safety. But Dr. Meller believes that simple education can also be a helpful safety measure.
 
"I would just tell everyone to be careful. There are things you can do to protect youself."

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus