UC confirms fourth case of meningitis

December. 4,2013 — Another case of meningitis is confirmed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and public health officials urge the school to suspend gatherings and other social activities on campus.

18-year-old male student is UCSB’s fourth case in a month. According to NBC News, a student is permanently disabled.

Meningitis B has been identified as the cause in three of the cases. The strain in the latest case is still to be identified. Meningitis B strains are not included in the vaccine recommended for U.S. college students.

There is an outbreak of meningitis B at Princeton University, but it has a different genetic fingerprint from the strain NBC News reported on the UCSB case, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.