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Health / Safety

Update on meningitis outbreak in Larimer County

Originally posted June 23, 2010

Colorado State University is encouraging students and employees to consider getting vaccinated for bacterial meningitis due to a current outbreak of the disease in the Fort Collins area.

Update 8:30 a.m., Thursday, June 24

No medical emergency on campus

The Larimer County Department of Health is researching six cases of bacterial meningitis – three illnesses have resulted in death. The cases include patients with some connection to Colorado State University.

Four of the cases are in the Fort Collins area. Three of the cases are connected to a Fort Collins adult men's hockey league and one separate illness involves a CSU student. The CSU student was not attending summer classes when he became ill.

A sixth case in Denver has been genetically linked to the five cases in Fort Collins. While only one member of the CSU community has become ill, the health department is continuing to look into connections and believes that the case in Denver may have a remote connection to CSU, but the deceased individual was not a student. CSU wants to educate the community about the current outbreak and vaccination recommendations and resources on campus, but there is not a medical emergency on campus.

College-aged individuals are at particular risk of contracting meningitis. The strain of meningitis involved in this current outbreak is preventable by a meningitis vaccine. Students are encouraged to consider getting vaccinated now if they are attending summer classes, or if they are living out of the area for the summer, getting vaccinated before returning to campus for classes in the fall.

Vaccine available to students on campus

The vaccine is available to students through the CSU Health Network in the Hartshorn Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can obtain more information about the vaccine by calling (970) 491-6548 or by visiting www.health.colostate.edu.

Although this outbreak has primarily caused illnesses among people who are not college aged, the Larimer County Department of Health and CSU are particularly emphasizing the need for students to consider getting the vaccination, especially freshman students who will be living in the residence halls. The list of groups CDC recommends for receiving the vaccine is below.

CDC recommendations

Vaccines at the CSU Health Network are available to CSU students and employees at wholesale value and are not free of charge. The CSU Health Network suggests that anyone considering getting the vaccination review the CDC recommendations below before making a decision. Vaccines also are available through some family doctors.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that the following groups consider getting a vaccine:

  • All previously unvaccinated people who are 11-18 years old
  • All previously unvaccinated college freshman
  • All people 2 years old or older with anatomic or functional asplenia or terminal complement component deficiencies
  • Anyone 2 years old or older anticipating travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, or the annual Hajj
  • Anyone working as a microbiologist with routine exposure to isolates of N. meningitides
  • Military recruits
  • Anyone wishing to decrease their risk for meningococcal disease

For more information about the current outbreak and meningitis, visit http://www.larimer.org/news/newsDetail.cfm?id=724 or www.health.colostate.edu.


Originally posted 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 23

Researching six cases of bacterial meningitis

The Larimer County Department of Health is researching six cases of bacterial meningitis – two illnesses have resulted in death. The cases include patients with some connection to Colorado State University. Five of the cases are in the Fort Collins area. Three of those cases are connected to a Fort Collins adult hockey league and one separate case involves a CSU student. The student was not living on campus or attending summer session classes at the time he fell ill. A sixth case in Denver has been genetically linked to the five cases in Fort Collins.

While only one member of the CSU community has become ill, the health department is continuing to conduct research into connections and believes that the case in Denver has a connection to CSU, although at this time to the best of our information that individual was not a student.

College-aged individuals are at particular risk

College-aged individuals are at particular risk of contracting meningitis. The strain of meningitis involved in this current outbreak is preventable by a meningitis vaccine. Students are encouraged to consider vaccinations now if they are attending summer classes, or if they are living out of the area for the summer, getting vaccinated before returning to campus for classes in the fall.

Vaccine available to students on campus

 The vaccine is available to students through the CSU Health Network in the Hartshorn Building Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can obtain more information about the vaccine by calling (970) 491-6548 or by visiting www.health.colostate.edu.

Vaccines also are available through many family doctors. For more information about the current outbreak and about meningitis, visit the county’s website or the CSU Health Network website.

Public safety at Colorado State

For the latest information and updates on campus public safety issues including the current meningitis outbreak, visit safety.colostate.edu.


Contact: Public Safety Team