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Cornell Student Dies of Meningitis

Cornell Meningitis

Update: Tompkins County Health Officials say there is no increased risk of meningitis for residents, following the death of a Cornell University student, Krista Depew.

19-year-old Freshman Krista Depew died of meningitis just days after returning home to Argyle, New York for the summer.

She was hospitalized Friday night after complaining she felt sick, then died Saturday.

The school released a statement saying, "Public health officials conducted a thorough investigation and have determined that there is no increased risk resulting from her illness to the Cornell community and Tompkins County residents."

This isn't the first time Cornell university has dealt with the disease.

In March 2008, two students were treated for meningitis.

Bacterial Meningitis may be caused by a number of things, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and even cancer or lupus.

About 500 people in the U.S. died from the disease between 2003 and 2007.

(ARGYLE, N.Y)---A Cornell student died shortly after returning home from her freshman year.

19-year-old Krista Depew died of meningitis just days after returning home from Cornell University.

She was hospitalized Friday night after complaining that she felt ill.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.

Depew was the 2011 valedictorian at Argyle Central School, 45 miles northeast of Albany.

Cornell spokeswoman Claudia Wheatley says students were informed of Depew's death and will be told if there are concerns about the disease.

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