- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - University of Oregon and public health officials are working to halt the spread of a contagious bacterial infection that has led to the hospitalization of three students and may be implicated in a fourth student’s death.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/HoT040 ) that at the recommendation of health officials, the school is telling students by campus-wide email about the availability of a vaccine that protects against meningococcemia and related diseases. The university also plans to invite students at the greatest risk of infection to receive the vaccine. That includes those in the dorm where 18-year-old freshman athlete Lauren Jones lived.

An autopsy was inconclusive in determining what caused Jones’ death Tuesday. Lane County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis says additional tests are underway and meningococcemia has not been ruled out.

On Thursday, the Oregon Health Authority called Jones’ case “a presumed fourth case” of meningococcal disease.

The other three students have been released and are recovering. Early symptoms resemble the flu.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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