Providence College confirms 2nd meningitis case

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence College says it vaccinated more than 3,000 students Sunday as it deals with two cases of meningococcal meningitis.

The college confirmed a second student has meningitis among its student body of more than 3,800 undergraduates and about 700 graduate students.

The school reported that 3,060 students were immunized at a Sunday clinic.

Students were told to report to clinics Sunday or Wednesday whether they planned to get vaccinated or not. The vaccines are free.

Spokeswoman Christine Centazzo said earlier the two students remain hospitalized and appeared to be responding to treatment and doing well. People who had close contact with the students were given antibiotics.

The college warns that prior vaccinations likely do not protect against the Group B strain of meningitis.

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