Nov 23, 2009 2:49 PM by Jimena Martinez
A spokesperson for Cuesta College has confirmed that one of its students has been diagnosed with a rare case of meningitis.
The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the 19-year-old student tested positive for Meningococcal Meningitis, a rare infection that kills about 125 people each year. There are up to 3,000 cases in the United States each year.
San Luis Obispo County averages 4 cases of bacterial meningitis each year, but has less than one case of meningococcal meningitis per year.
The health department says those between the ages of 17 and 20 have a higher rate of invasive meningococcal disease than the general population.
A vaccine is available to prevent this infection.
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