Update: Cornell student dies of meningitis

DW2006
May 29, 2012

ARGYLE, N.Y. (AP) - A 19-year-old college student in upstate New York has died of meningitis shortly after returning home.
    
Family members say Krista Depew had just finished her freshman year at Cornell University.
    
She was hospitalized Friday night after complaining that she felt ill. Her mother, Marsha Depew, tells the Glens Falls Post Star that her daughter came home feeling sick. Her doctor said she probably had the flu.
    
Depew was the 2011 valedictorian at Argyle Central School, in Washington County, 45 miles northeast of Albany.
    
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It spreads through throat and respiratory secretions, not casual contact.
    
Cornell spokeswoman Claudia Wheatley says students have been informed of Depew's death and the public health officials who conducted a thorough investigation  have determined that there is no increased risk resulting from her illness to the Cornell community and Tompkins County residents.

The Tompkins County Public Health Department at (607) 274-6600, and the Washington County Health Department at (518) 746-2400 are available for further information.

There is information about meningococcal disease prevention and vaccination from the Cornell Gannett Health Services  and Tompkins County Health Department.

Anyone with concerns about symptoms of illness or exposure risk should consult with their primary health care provider. Cornell students can consult by phone with Gannett by calling (607) 255-5155.

Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with a Gannett health care provider or counselor by calling (607) 255-5155. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at (607) 255-2673. An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at (607) 272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site.

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