By Associated Press • 

6th case reported in outbreak at University of Oregon

Public health officials have confirmed a sixth case in the outbreak of a contagious bacterial disease that has killed one student at the University of Oregon.

A drive to get students vaccinated is less than halfway to its goal, and public health officials issued a plea Thursday for parents to get students vaccinated during spring break next week.

A statement from the Oregon Health Authority said a 20-year-old sophomore who lives off campus has been confirmed as having meningococcal disease.

He was reported alert and responsive Wednesday, helping health authorities identify close contacts who should be notified.

The Health Authority reported that more than 9,000 university students have received the meningitis B vaccine.

The goal is to vaccinate 22,000 undergraduate students.

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