New York City’s Health Department says it’s investigating three cases of meningitis that have developed in HIV-positive gay men over the last two weeks.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Friday was investigating a cluster of meningitis cases among HIV-positive gay men.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Drexel University student had been in close contact with Princeton students about a week before getting sick. She died March 10.
The Ivy League school has experienced an outbreak of type B meningococcal disease. Seven students and one student visitor have been stricken by the bacterial illness since March.
Princeton University is about to administer the first doses of a vaccine against meningitis.
A female graduate student developed meningitis symptoms on Wednesday and was hospitalized on Thursday.
The controller’s office employee is hospitalized and said to be in grave condition.
Since March there have been a total of seven confirmed cases on the New Jersey campus, the most recent last week.
Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine approved in Europe and Australia but not the U.S. as officials at Princeton University consider measures to stop the spread of the disease on the Ivy League campus.
The health concerns on the Princeton University campus are growing. Another student was diagnosed with meningitis this week, the seventh since March.
The student health advisory board came up with the idea after discovering Type B meningitis is most commonly spread by people sharing drinks.
The new strain of meningitis was so lethal some of its victims were found dead in their apartments before they even had a chance to see a doctor.
The outbreak of meningitis among gay men has sickened four people already this year, increasing the number of cases to 17 since 2012, according to city health officials.
New Jersey health officials said there have been no reported deaths in the state and 15 patients remain hospitalized with the illness.
State health officials say no one in New Jersey has died from the illness. Twelve patients remain hospitalized, and all of those sickened continue to recover.