Meningococcemia outbreak sickens three at the University of Oregon

February 11, 2015 12:44 AM

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - The University of Oregon is facing an outbreak of potentially deadly meningococcemia infections, with three students diagnosed with the condition in less than a month, public health officials said on Tuesday.

Meningococcemia is a bacterial precursor to meningitis and can also lead to damaging blood infections, said Jason Davis, spokesman for Lane County Health and Human Services.

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