Nov 18, 2013 3:09 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Two UCSB students diagnosed with meningococcal disease

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department says two UC Santa Barbara students have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease and are receiving medical treatment. Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes bloodstream infections and meningitis. The Public Health Department says it is contacting people who have been in close contact with the ill students and recommending antibiotics to prevent further spread of the disease. Symptoms of meningococcal disease can include a high fever, severe headache, rash, body aches or joint pain, nausea and vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and confusion. The Public Health Department says anyone suffering from these symptoms should seek medical care immediately. First-year students living in residence halls are recommended to receive a meningococcal vaccine; however, the Public Health Department says the first recent case of the disease was caused by a strain of the bacteria that the available vaccines do not prevent.



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