Princeton U. cancels overnight stay after meningitis outbreak

Thomas Clark, chief of the meningitis branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, walks to the campus center at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

March 28, 2014 5:16:12 AM PDT
Princeton University has canceled an overnight stay for incoming students because of a recent meningitis outbreak that's been linked to one death.

The annual Princeton preview has been changed to one-day events in April.

The Times of Trenton reports campus life vice president Cynthia Cherrey said in an email the daytime program would decrease the number of prospective students "engaging in late night, higher risk" social events with undergraduates.

Nearly 5,300 people on campus were given a vaccine for the B strain of the meningitis bacteria following the outbreak. The vaccine is approved for use in Europe, Australia and Canada but is not yet approved for general use in the United States.

A Drexel University student who had contact with Princeton students died from bacterial meningitis earlier this month.


Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times,