- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - The University of Massachusetts has vaccinated more than 5,000 students during a mass meningitis vaccination program at its Amherst campus.

A UMass spokesman tells The Republican the number of people vaccinated during the four-day clinic that ended Tuesday brings the total amount of students vaccinated this fall to about 7,040.

The school scheduled the program after federal health officials determined that two recent cases of the disease at the school should be considered an outbreak.

One student was diagnosed with a variant of the disease on Oct. 24, and a second was diagnosed last month. The first student remains hospitalized. The second has been released.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that because the two cases originated from a single strain of genetically identical organisms it should be considered an outbreak.

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