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February 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
More than a century after she went blind, a new study casts doubt on how bright, blue-eyed “Little House on the Prairie” older sister Mary Ingalls lost her vision. Using medical papers from the 19 th century, unpublished family journals and old newspaper clippings, medical historians claim it was viral meningoencephalitis that destroyed Ingalls' vision in 1879, not the scarlet fever that  wreaked havoc on families across the American frontier. They make their case for the new diagnosis in a study published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics.
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January 31, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Health authorities are recommending that UC Santa Barbara students be inoculated against a strain of meningitis that infected several young adults at the seaside campus and caused an outbreak at Princeton University. University officials said Friday that the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine, which is licensed for use in Europe, Canada and Australia but not in the U.S. Four Santa Barbara undergraduate students became infected with meningitis in November.
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October 24, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that a 24th person had died of fungal meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections.  The latest victim had received an injection to treat back pain in Indiana , according to reports. In all, the CDC said it had confirmed cases of fungal infection in 317 people, and meningitis in 54. All but two of the meningitis cases were sickened by infection with Exserohilum rostratum -- a type of fungus that has been detected in unopened vials of steroids recovered from the New England Compounding Center, the Framingham, Mass.-based compounding facility that has been implicated in the outbreak.
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December 13, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
State and federal officials are evaluating whether to give students at UC Santa Barbara an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus. The California state and Santa Barbara County departments of public health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the university confirmed Friday that they are working together to determine if Bexsero, a vaccine against type B meningococcal disease that is not yet approved for use in the U.S., would be effective against the particular type of meningitis that sickened four students in November.
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October 17, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials have linked four more deaths to the fungal meningitis outbreak caused by a batch of tainted steroid medicine, bringing the total dead to 19. Two of the new deaths were in Tennessee, with one each in Virginia and Florida. Fungal meningitis is an extremely dangerous, non-contagious infection of the membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. It often causes the brain to swell. The announcement by the CDC came the same day Food and Drug Administration authorities raided the Massachusetts offices of New England Compounding Center, the company at the center of the scandal.
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November 7, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were no new reports of fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroid injections responsible for dozens of deaths nationwide, closing the window of all known cases in a 42-day period ended Wednesday. “People can rest a little easier but still remain vigilant,” CDC spokesman Curtis Allen told the Los Angeles Times. “What we're finding is that the further out you go from the last injection, the less the risk.” Wednesday was the end of the 42-day peak risk period since the CDC recalled the steroids Sept.
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April 27, 1985 | Associated Press
A total of 393 people, most of them teen-agers and younger, have died in an epidemic of meningitis in the Indian capital, an Indian Health Ministry spokesman said Friday.
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February 2, 1987 | From Reuters
Eighteen people have died from meningitis in the West African state of Guinea, medical sources said. An epidemic broke out one week ago at Salambande, in northern Guinea, and 30 other cases of the disease have been identified, they said.
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March 4, 1988
Health officials warned Santa Clara County residents about an outbreak of a deadly form of meningitis that has stricken at least 13 people and killed four this year. Five confirmed cases of meningococcal meningitis were reported to the Health Department this week, said Dr. Martin D. Fenstersheib, director of communicable disease control for the county.
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June 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
With grimaces and brave looks, the first of up to 5,800 Ohio high school students and teachers rolled up their sleeves and got their shots in a mass inoculation against a meningitis-related outbreak that has killed two teenagers. The outbreak has spread fear and confusion through Salem, a blue-collar area about 40 miles from Cleveland. Classes and graduations were canceled, and thousands of students and parents stood in line at vaccination centers set up at schools.
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December 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Alicia Banks
A student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been diagnosed with viral meningitis, making the campus the third university in California to report an outbreak of the disease. The announcement from school officials this week comes just days after a student advisor at UC Riverside was also diagnosed with meningitis and officials at UC Santa Barbara confirmed their fourth case in about a month. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo officials said in a news release that medical staff learned of the case there Thursday and that "the infection is thought to be an isolated incident.
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December 10, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
UC Riverside officials are in the process of notifying anyone on campus who may have had contact with a student advisor who was diagnosed with meningitis this past weekend. A campus spokeswoman confirmed Monday that the advisor has been hospitalized, but the severity of the case is unknown. The announcement came days after UC Santa Barbara announced a fourth case of meningitis among its students. While most were expected to fully recover, one of them, a freshman lacrosse player, had to have his feet amputated.
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December 4, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Carla Rivera
The family of a UC Santa Barbara lacrosse player whose feet had to be amputated after he came down with meningitis last month says that they have been overwhelmed by the public's support. Aaron Loy is one of four student meningitis cases confirmed on campus last month. Two other men and one woman have since returned to class or are recovering. Loy's infection, however, has been marked by bouts of kidney failure, blood poisoning, tissue wounds, and, eventually, amputation. His parents, Mike and Kristen, track their son's daily progress on the Caring Bridge website.
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December 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials are suspending fraternity events and parties at UC Santa Barbara after a fourth student was diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department announced the fourth case Monday. All four people became infected last month and one of the patients had to have both feet amputated , the Associated Press reported. The first two confirmed cases of meningococcal disease involved male students, the first of whom fell ill Nov. 11. The fourth case also expanded the group of people potentially exposed from 300 to 500, health officials said.
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May 4, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times
An epic battle is raging in South Florida: man against snail. The state is struggling to contain an invasion of the giant African land snail, a species that thrives in hot and wet tropical climates. These gooey and destructive mollusks grow up to 8.5 inches long, feast on 500 different types of plants and nibble on calcium-rich stucco, which they use to construct their cone-shaped shells. The snails are originally from East Africa but can now be found throughout the world. Aside from destroying plants and buildings, they can also be carriers of a type of meningitis.
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April 24, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
In an effort to quash any fears of a patterned outbreak, Los Angeles County health officials said a fatal case of meningitis found this month is not connected to any others across the country. "Public Health has not identified any other cases of meningococcal disease associated with this patient, nor identified any linkage between this patient and cases being reported in other areas of the country," according to a news release from the Department of Public Health. Officials hope the report puts to rest questions about whether the death of a 33-year-old lawyer from West Hollywood, diagnosed with meningitis this month, was connected to a strain of the disease found over the last couple of years in New York City.
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