CORVALLIS, OR (AP) – An outbreak of meningococcal disease at Oregon State University is officially over.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that the university recorded five cases of the same strain of the potentially deadly disease over a 12-month span beginning in November 2016.
(A sixth case was initially reported as strain B, the same as the other cases, but further testing showed it to be a different genotype and therefore unrelated.)
The disease mainly afflicts young people, often congregating living facilities such as dorms and fraternity houses.
As of Friday, the full year had passed since the last related case was diagnosed, meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to determine the outbreak had ended and allowing local public health officials to declare victory.
All of the Oregon State students infected with the disease have made full recoveries.
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