Long Beach student diagnosed with bacterial meningitis

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A student at California State University, Long Beach has been diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, ABC7 reports.

Meningitis is a serious and sometimes deadly disease that can cause brain damage, hearing loss or learning disabilities.

According to ABC7:

The student lives off campus. The Health Department says it has already identified people who may have been in contact with the infected student. Those people are being tested.

Three other cases were reported recently at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and seven students and one visitor at Princeton University have been diagnosed with meningitis since March.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week recommended Princeton give students a vaccine that is not yet licensed for use in the United States but that has been approved in Europe and Australia, the Associated Press reports.

Meningitis occurs when the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord — called the meninges — become inflamed. It has a number of triggers, including bacteria, fungi and viruses, according to the CDC.

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