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News & Notes: Student death at Drexel linked to suspected case of meningitis

A student at Drexel University, Philadelphia, died on Monday evening from a suspected case of meningitis type B, NBC reported. Although no official cause of death was identified, Drexel said it is working with city health officials under the assumption that the cause of death was meningitis.

Stephanie Ross, a sophomore at Drexel, was apparently found unresponsive in her sorority house on Monday evening by her sorority sisters. She was moved to the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she died.

Health officials in Philadelphia explained that Ross’ death is suspected to have been caused by meningitis type B, the same strain which caused the meningitis outbreak at the University in the fall. The University experienced an outbreak of meningitis type B in 2013 which affected seven students and a campus visitor. The outbreak prompted the University to import a vaccine not approved in the U.S. in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Drexel offered prophylactic antibiotics for any student who was in close contact with Ross.

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