Meningoccal disease is caused by the same bacteria that causes meningitis, and could be the sixth case of that disease since March. At the beginning of the school year, the Student Health Advisory Board began giving away red cups with specific markings and a place for names in an effort to battle the spread of the disease.
According to the University’s website, a student who went overseas over the summer was diagnosed with the disease, and there were four additional cases diagnosed on campus in the spring. At that time, the Department of Health declared the school was plagued by an outbreak of the disease.
The disease was caused by the string known as “Type B.” Princeton University requires students to have a meningitis vaccination, but that vaccine doesn’t protect against “Type B” bacteria.
All students previously diagnosed with the disease have recovered, according to nj.com. The University is expecting test results on the most recent case next week, according to the report. At that time, University officials will know if it is meningitis and what strain of bacteria caused it.