Drexel meningitis death linked to Princeton
The CDC linked the meningitis strain thought to have killed Drexel student Stephanie Ross to a strain in Princeton University.
On March 10, Stephanie Ross, a student at Drexel University, died from what was then thought to be meningitis. Today, the U.S. Center for Disease Control confirmed the meningitis and linked the strain to Princeton University.
The CDC's investigation reported that Ross had been in contact with Princeton students a week before she became ill. The university had experienced an outbreak of serogroup B meningococcal disease last year, but no cases have been reported since a vaccination campaign launched in early December.
The strain of meningitis found is treatable with a vaccination that is not available at Drexel University. However, the CDC reported that since an outbreak hasn't occurred, students aren't at risk.
"This organism is not highly contagious and requires sharing respiratory and oral secretions to spread," the CDC reported.
Meningitis is an inflammation in the brain that causes symptoms similar to an intense migraine. The types of meningitis vary with a wide range of severity—some can be cleared by the body's immune system while others can lead to death in a matter of days. Bacterial meningitis is more dangerous than viral meningitis, which is rarely life-threatening.