2nd UO student diagnosed with serious blood infection

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Lane County say a second University of Oregon student has been diagnosed with the potentially deadly bacterial blood infection that causes meningitis.

County health spokesman Jason Davis said Tuesday that this student is also female. The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/huFmCI ) that Davis says the young woman is in stable condition in a hospital elsewhere in Oregon.

The spokesman says while the first student diagnosed with meningococcemia lived off-campus, the second student lived at a campus dormitory.

The first case was diagnosed last month. Davis said he believes that young woman is doing well.

University officials sent text messages to hundreds of students who might have had contact with the newly diagnosed student, and sent a more general email to all students.

The disease is not considered as contagious as the common cold or the flu. Davis says medication can halt reproduction of the bacteria.

Symptoms often resemble flu and include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.


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

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