Sunday, September 14, 2014
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Drexel student's meningitis death linked to Princeton outbreak

Ross
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A DREXEL University student's death last week from meningitis has been linked to an outbreak at Princeton University, health officials said yesterday.

Stephanie Ross, a sophomore, was found unresponsive March 10 at the Phi Mu-Beta Tau sorority house and pronounced dead at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that lab analysis revealed that the serogroup B meningococcal strain from Princeton matched Ross' disease through "genetic fingerprinting."

An investigation found that Ross had been in close contact with Princeton students about a week before becoming ill, the CDC said.

Antibiotic prophylaxis was recommended and administered to those who had or may have had close contact with Ross last week. The CDC said no related cases among Drexel students had been reported.

Ross is the ninth person linked to the Princeton outbreak and the first fatality.

- Solomon Leach

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