Meningitis suspected in Drexel student's death

Posted: March 13, 2014

THE DEATH OF a Drexel University student Monday could be the result of meningitis, officials said yesterday.

Stephanie Ross, a sophomore mechanical engineering major and member of the Phi Mu (Beta Tau) sorority, was found unresponsive by her housemates on Monday at the sorority house and was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, officials said.

Although the cause of death has not yet been determined, the university said it is treating it as a suspected case of meningitis and is working with the Philadelphia Health Department to take all necessary precautions.

Preventive antibiotics are being made available through Drexel's Student Health Center, at 3401 Market St., for those who were in close enough contact to have possibly shared saliva with Ross on or after March 3.

Ross, of Pittsburgh, graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in 2012, according to her Facebook page.

"The Drexel community's thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends," the university said in a statement. "The university is in close contact with her parents during this incredibly sad and difficult time."

Drexel's Counseling Center is offering its services to members of the community who need it. The Counseling Center can be reached at 215-895-1415, or at 215-416-3337 outside of regular business hours.

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is also offering services to those who are affected by Ross' death. Students who feel they may have symptoms of meningitis, which include a sudden high fever, stiff neck and headache, should call the Student Health Center at 215-220-4700.

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