Meningitis confirmed in death of Drexel student from Upper St. Clair

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia medical examiner has determined that a Drexel University student’s death was caused by bacterial meningitis.

The finding released Wednesday confirms suspicions about what happened to sophomore Stephanie Ross, 19, of Upper St. Clair, who was found unresponsive Monday by housemates at her sorority house.

Ms. Ross was rushed to a hospital, where she died.

City health officials suspect the same meningitis strain that hit Princeton University in the fall might be to blame in Ms. Ross’ death. While most colleges, including Drexel, require meningitis vaccinations for students, the rare strain at Princeton is not covered by American vaccines.

Meningitis symptoms can include a stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity and confusion.



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