DPH to Providers: Keep an Eye on Meningococcal Cases

Two students at UMass Amherst have been diagnosed with invasive meningococcal disease serogroup B within the past few weeks. DPH put out an advisory last week noting that while the risk of invasive meningococcal disease in any single university student is very low  and that a connection is clear between the two cases, providers nonetheless should be on the alert for any such cases – especially form the UMass Amherst population. Immediately report all suspect cases of meningococcal disease to the DPH at (617) 983-6800. Suspect cases in Boston should be reported to the Boston Public Health Commission at (617) 534-5611.  The additional vigilance is needed as students are leaving campus for the Thanksgiving break.