- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Two Oregon State University students have been sickened with meningococcal disease.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (https://bit.ly/2grJCtw) that one student was hospitalized Sunday and another was admitted on Wednesday.

Health officials confirmed that the first student was infected with the B strain of meningococcal disease. The second student is being treated for an unidentified strain.

Both patients were reportedly in good condition.

University officials have declined to release their names, citing privacy restrictions.

OSU officials say one student lives in a private residence and the other lives in a campus dorm. Both are undergraduates.

Health officials say that though meningococcal disease is potentially deadly, it is not highly contagious.

Charlie Fautin, deputy director of the Benton County Health Department, said his agency was cooperating with OSU to identify anyone who may have had prolonged contact with the two students.

So far officials have contacted about 160 people who had contact with the students and have treated them with antibiotics.

“The earlier this is cared for, the better the prognosis,” Fautin said.

The department is also working with state health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make plans for a coordinated response in the event that more cases of meningococcal disease are diagnosed.

“At this point we’re doing some contingency planning,” Fautin said. “We are not in an outbreak situation yet.”

An outbreak of meningococcal disease at the University of Oregon in 2015 sickened seven people and killed one student.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, https://www.dhonline.com

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