This Won’t Fit in Your Suitcase: Zika Virus & Spring Break Travels

By: Lily Reisinger When asked about their knowledge of Zika virus, students around Princeton’s campus collectively drew a blank. Sophomore Kira Keating, however, is well aware of the prevalence of Zika virus in the Dominican Republic, where she’ll be traveling for spring break. In fact, she says the outbreak almost made her reconsider her trip:…

Has fear of the “meng” gone extinct?

By Lily Reisigner November of 2015 marked the two-year anniversary of the last meningitis B case on the Princeton University campus. While fear of contracting the life-threatening virus has been almost eliminated among the student body, University health officials and the CDC still deem the issue an ongoing concern and continue to recommend that all…

Measuring up a Vaccine: The Meningitis B Immune Response Study

By Daniel Liu This past November, students from Princeton University’s incoming freshman class lined up atop Icahn Laboratory’s Oval Lounge to participate in an immune response study to the meningitis B vaccine. That clinic was the second round of a large-scale public health study being conducted by Professor Nicole Basta, an infectious disease epidemiologist in…