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NZ: U of Otago student with suspected meningococcal disease

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    Thursday, 26 July 2018
    Second student suspected with meningococcal disease
    By Elena McPhee

    Another student is suspected to have meningococcal disease at the University of Otago, the Southern District Health Board says.

    Medical officer of health Dr Keith Reid said the DHB was in the process of investigating the patient's condition.

    "We will work closely with the university authorities to implement an appropriate response when the nature of the student's condition is clear."

    An 18-year-old university student, a resident at Studholme College, was taken to hospital with the condition in May.

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    Friday, 27 July 2018
    Third Meningococcal case at college
    By Elena McPhee

    Staff and students at Studholme College have been offered antibiotics, after a student was diagnosed with meningococcal disease today becoming the third student to be affected this year.
    There have now been a total of three students at the college diagnosed with the condition this year, with two others receiving diagnoses of the same strain of the disease in March and May.
    In the last week one other University of Otago student has been diagnosed with the condition, but his case was not linked to the ones at Studholme.
    A statement from the Southern District Health Board put out yesterday afternoon said the student was doing well in Dunedin Hospital.