UW-Madison confirms meningococcal disease in 3rd student

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin-Madison says meningococcal disease has been confirmed in a third student.

The school says the student is being treated at a hospital. University Health Services is working with Public Health Madison Dane County to notify people who have been in close contact with the student.

More testing will be done to determine if the latest case is related to two students who recently became ill with the B strain of the disease. Those students are recovering.

Free vaccines were being offered Thursday to undergraduate students. Additional clinics will be offered next Monday and Wednesday.

Few students are vaccinated against the B strain because the two-dose vaccine is relatively new. The disease often causes meningitis, an inflammation of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

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