Friday, May 4, 2012

Richard Din died while working with dangerous strain of meningitis identified

The medical examiner's office has identified the young laboratory research associate at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center who died of an infection that he may have contracted at work.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that for the past several weeks, 25-year-old Richard Din, a biology major working with the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, had been researching the germ Neisseria meningitidis that can cause meningitis and bloodstream disease.

A state laboratory has confirmed that the rare strain that Din was studying -- Serotype B -- was the same one found in his body, according to the website Military.com.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease caused by this particular strain is relatively uncommon in the United States, with only about 1,000 cases reported each year. In 2010, an estimated 75 people died from this type of meningococcal infection. Read More