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4th Meningitis Case Confirmed at Calif. University

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Dec. 4, 2013 -- Another case of meningitis has been confirmed at the University of California, Santa Barbara and public health officials have urged the school to suspend parties and other social events on the campus.

The 18-year-old male student was the fourth case at UCSB in a month. One student has been left permanently disabled, NBC News reported.

The B strain of meningitis has been confirmed as the cause of three of the cases. The strain in the latest case still needs to be confirmed. The B strain of meningitis is not covered by the vaccine recommend for U.S. college students.

Princeton University in New Jersey has been hit by an outbreak of meningitis B, but it has a different genetic fingerprint than the strain in the UCSB cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NBC News reported.

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