Details emerge on StFX meningitis case, while Acadia implements vaccination program

February 17, 2015

Nova Scotia public health officials have confirmed that 2 Acadia University students who contracted meningitis both had the B strain of the illness. This has prompted NS Public Health to offer offer vaccination clinics to all Acadia students. Chief Public Health Officer Robert Strang said that the risk of transmission remains low and that there is no need at this time to cancel classes or limit students' travel. Meanwhile, CBC reports that a St Francis Xavier student suffered from 2 bouts of meningitis in the last several months. The student, who lived on campus, came down with the B strain of the illness in November; he recovered and then contracted the Y strain in January. Strang said that it is "very unusual" for one person to contract meningitis twice and that the student is being examined to determine if there is an underlying condition that may help explain his case. Strang said that the risk to other StFX students is low. However, some members of the StFX community are wondering why they were not immediately informed about the illness. The public was not told about the case until 5 weeks after the student had been sent to hospital. Strang said that the low level of risk informed that decision. "We came to the conclusion that there would be more unnecessary panic and concern by broad communication," he said. StFX News Release | CBC (Vaccinations) | CBC (StFX)