University of Oregon

Tiffany Eckert

In the wake of a Meningitis outbreak at the University of Oregon, health officials are stepping up a vaccination program. Due to demand, a temporary clinic opened Monday in Mathew Knight arena to vaccinate students who want to be immunized as soon as possible. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there.

Since Monday morning, more than 700 students have received the vaccination for Meningococcal Group B, the disease that has sickened three students and caused the death of freshman athlete Lauren Jones.

Mike Eyster is Executive Director of the University Health Center.

Tiffany Eckert

The State Medical Examiner's Office has now confirmed the death of an 18-year old U of O student athlete was caused by a highly contagious Meningitis infection.

Half way through a press conference Friday afternoon, Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Pat Luedtke was handed a note. Then he announced:

Dr. Luedtke: "We heard from the medical examiner's office that due to a preponderance of evidence, he will be signing the death certificate that in fact this fourth case is Neisseria meningitides sero group B related to the outbreak. So that would confirm four cases."

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Lauren Jones, a University of Oregon student athlete passed away after seeking medical attention on Tuesday. A bacterial infection was suspected to be the cause of her death, but the autopsy results are inconclusive.

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The search for a new University of Oregon president has collected 250 nominations so far. The deadline for applicants is March 9th.

U of O Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh has been in the news recently for his controversial acquisition of internal administrative U of O communications.  Tuesday he chimed in on football coach Mark Helfrich's new five-year, $17 million contract.

Harbaugh says the U of O's success in football comes at the expense of the University as a whole:

Harbaugh: "It's probably a mistake for the University to be so invested in big-time sports, particularly college football.  The University as a whole would be better off with a team that won half the games and had half the budget."

UPDATE: Lane County Health officials said Wednesday a third person has been hospitalized with a potential case of Meningococcemia.

Lane County health officials are looking for connections between the recent diagnosis of Meningococcemia– a blood infection that causes meningitis - and the case diagnosed last month. Both women with the diagnosis are University of Oregon Students.

An epidemiological team will collect samples from the two women and send them to the state lab where they will be compared. The results will be released in a few days.

Recorded on Friday, January 30th, 2015

Air Date: Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 from 12:05 to 1:20 p.m.
Downtown Athletic Club, 3rd Floor Ballroom

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The University of Oregon says 22,000 pages of archived documents that were released illegally have been returned.

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An unnamed professor was able to procure 22,000 pages of documents from the University of Oregon Archives earlier this month. The administration is demanding those documents back citing privacy concerns. It's place 2 archivists on leave. KLCC's Tripp Sommer talks with Register-Guard Higher Education reporter Diane Dietz.

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The University of Oregon is being tight-lipped about the recent release of 22,000 pages of documents it says were checked out illegally to an unnamed library patron.

Tobin Klinger, University spokesman, says the administration is in contact with the patron and wants the documents returned. Two people are on paid leave, but Klinger would not confirm whether they are librarians or even work at the library.

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