2,000 vaccinated against meningitis in Ore. county

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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — A push to protect against bacterial meningitis in Crook County has resulted in more than 2,000 people getting vaccines in the past two weeks.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/z5kZJn ) that six people have been sickened since March in the Central Oregon county of about 27,000 people.

Meningococcal (men-in-go-kah-kul) disease can cause an infection of membranes around the brain and spinal cord that’s fatal in about 15 percent of cases.

The six Crook County people survived. The paper reports a 24-year-old man’s legs were amputated below the knees, and a pregnant 20-year-old woman miscarried and lost four fingers.

The county has declared an outbreak, a step that provides flexibility in using federal vaccine grants. Federal officials say two to three such outbreaks are declared every year in the U.S.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com