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Leon County confirms three cases of meningitis-causing disease

Andrew Meigs (18) receives Bexsero®, the Novartis meningococcal group B vaccine, which was recently approved by the FDA for those ages 10-25. Bexsero helps protect against group B, one of the most prevalent types of meningococcal disease in the US, in two doses. Andrew’s sister Leslie (also pictured) is a survivor who advocates for vaccination in Texas, their home state. Despite appropriate treatment, as many as 10 percent of people with meningococcal disease will die and almost one in five survivors will suffer long-term disability. Bexsero is not expected to cover all group B strains.
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Andrew Meigs (18) receives Bexsero®, the Novartis meningococcal group B vaccine, which was recently approved by the FDA for those ages 10-25. Bexsero helps protect against group B, one of the most prevalent types of meningococcal disease in the US, in two doses. Andrew’s sister Leslie (also pictured) is a survivor who advocates for vaccination in Texas, their home state. Despite appropriate treatment, as many as 10 percent of people with meningococcal disease will die and almost one in five survivors will suffer long-term disability. Bexsero is not expected to cover all group B strains.

A potentially deadly disease that can cause meningitis is now in Tallahassee after health officials warned of a statewide outbreak last month.

A potentially deadly disease that can cause meningitis is now in Tallahassee after health officials warned of a statewide outbreak last month.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County reports three college students between the ages of 18 and 22 have been infected with meningococcal disease.

Health officials say fraternity and sorority members, along with students who live on campus, face a higher risk of contracting the disease.

They recommend undergraduate students get the meningococcal B vaccine to protect against the strain that's been reported in the region.

According to the health department, early symptoms include: fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity, confusion, rash.

Meningococcal vaccines are available through health care providers, pharmacies and local health departments.


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Valerie Crowder is a freelance reporter based in Panama City, Florida. Before moving to Florida, she covered politics and education for Public Radio East in New Bern, North Carolina. While at PRE, she was also a fill-in host during All Things Considered. She got her start in public radio at WAER-FM in Syracuse, New York, where she was a part-time reporter, assistant producer and host. She has a B.A. in newspaper online journalism and political science from Syracuse University. When she’s not reporting the news, she enjoys reading classic fiction and thrillers, hiking with members of the Florida Trail Association and doing yoga.