How can we stop meningitis outbreaks on cramped college campuses?

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Eight students at Princeton University and four at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have been infected with confirmed cases of bacterial meningitis.

Officials at both schools, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control, have taken extraordinary measures to prevent the nascent outbreaks from spreading. For instance, UCSB has suspended social events throughout campus and federal officials have taken the unusual step of allowing Princeton to vaccinate thousands of students using an imported meningitis vaccine that protects against the specific strain making its way through campus, even though the shot has yet to receive U.S. approval.

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