TYLER, TX (KLTV)- An uncommon type of meningitis has popped up at two different universities on opposite sides of the United States, prompting health officials to take a rare step in fighting the disease.
Eight students at Princeton University in New Jersey, along with four University of California Santa Barbara students have been confirmed to have this rare type of meningitis.
The virus’ threat has long been a concern on college campuses, but the disease has largely vanished in recent years due to dozens of states, including Texas, mandating that students under 22 be vaccinated against it before arriving on campus.
Officials said the trouble is the strain causing the outbreak is not covered by vaccinations given in the US. Because of that, the CDC is allowing a vaccine to be shipped over from Europe which has not been tested in the United States.