Little risk of outbreak after Acadia student dies of meningitis

February 4, 2015

An Acadia University student succumbed to bacterial meningitis on Sunday, according to Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief public health officer. The woman was brought to a hospital in Kentville, NS in critical condition on Saturday and passed away the following day. "Sometimes infectious diseases can be extremely rapidly progressive and despite the best medical attention we're not able to be successful in treatment," said Strang. Doctors are currently trying to determine what form of the disease afflicted the young woman so they can effectively vaccinate those with whom she may have come in close contact. Acadia University spokesperson Scott Roberts said that the institution is working with the local health department to share information on the illness; so far, there have been no indications that any other persons have been affected. "At this point it's a single isolated case in time on the campus. For the general campus community there's no increased risk," said Roberts. Last week, a Halifax-area high school student also died from meningitis; however, health authorities say that there is no known link between the 2 victims. Academica Group extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of the students. Vancouver Sun (CP) | CBC

Postscript: February 12, 2015

A second Acadia University student has been diagnosed with meningitis. The student is reportedly doing very well at a local hospital. Nova Scotia Public Health has determined that because the student lives off-campus and was isolated during the incubation period, there is little concern that any close contacts will require medical evaluation or treatment. Officials said that should this case prove to be the same strain that afflicted a student who succumbed to the illness this past weekend, they will initiate a vaccination campaign on campus. Test results are expected to return from a national lab today. Acadia News Release | CBC | Globe and Mail