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Published On: Sat, Nov 16th, 2013

Princeton considers the use of Bexsero meningitis vaccine to curb spread of meningitis B

Following the seventh confirmed case of Neisseria meningitis B infection at Princeton University since March, the school is considering the use of a European Union/Australia -approved vaccine that will protect against this strain of the potentially lethal infection.

 

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

Photo/CDC/ Debora Cartagena

CBS New York reports that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has offered the school to use the Novartis vaccine, Bexsero.

The CDC has been working with the Food and Drug Administration about gaining access to this particular vaccine, CDC spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds told CNN.

“We just got the approval from FDA this week to import the vaccine under the Investigational New Drug Application program,” Reynolds said, “Now we’re consulting with the Princeton University officials and New Jersey Health Department officials about the next step.”

Meningococcal meningitis is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis that can infect the lining of the brain and spinal cord. There are a few different types or strains of Neisseria meningitidis. In the US, types B, C and Y cause the majority of disease.

Currently, there are two vaccines in the United States ,meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Menomune®), and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menactra® and Menveo®), that protect against Neisseria meningitidis.

However, they only protect against Neisseria meningitidis Serogroups A, C, Y and W-135. There is currently no licensed vaccine that protects against serogroup B in the U.S.

As Reynolds points out in the CNN interview, the Princeton situation is “unique” as it’s  the first time there has been an outbreak in a population where we have an option to control the outbreak using the serogroup B vaccine.

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    World Meningitis Day 24 April

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