Health officials: Drexel University student died from meningitis

PHILADELPHIA - March 12, 2014

Meningococcal meningitis had been suspected in the death of 19-year-old Stephanie Ross of Pittsburgh.

Ross lived at her sorority house on Powellton Avenue.

On Monday morning she was found unresponsive in her bed. She was then transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

On Tuesday, the university took precautions by handing out antibiotics.

Her fellow sorority sisters and others who've had direct contact with her filed into the Student Health Center located at 3401 Market Street, to pick up doses of antibiotics.

Students who feel they may have symptoms of meningitis should call the Student Health Center at 215-220-4700.

The university said Ross, a sophomore, was majoring in mechanical engineering.

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