Page Updated June 1, 2016

There is no evidence that campus visitors to Rutgers University–New Brunswick are at increased risk of getting meningococcal disease due the recent diagnosis of two students with serogroup B meningococcal disease. All campus events, including summer camps and campus visits, are recommended to continue as planned.

Meningococcal bacteria are spread from person-to-person through the exchange of saliva (spit), coughs, and sneezes. You must be in direct (close) or lengthy contact with an infected person’s secretions to be exposed (e.g., kissing, sharing eating utensils, sharing water bottles, sharing smoking materials such as cigarettes and vaping materials).

The bacteria that cause meningococcal disease require lengthy or close contact in order to spread. It is not spread by casual contact, and cannot be spread by being on or near a campus or sports field previously accessed by an infected person. Campus visitors are not considered at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease and therefore not recommended for vaccination with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine due to the occurrence of cases at the Rutgers University–New Brunswick campus.