Student dies after bacterial meningitis diagnosis

A Kalamazoo College sophomore has died after being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, and at least 120 people are getting antibiotic treatment as a precaution, officials said.
AP Wire
Feb 5, 2013

Emily Stillman, 19, of Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township, died Sunday due to complications from the infection after being taken to a hospital early Friday, the school said. Her funeral is today in Farmington Hills.

Meningitis is an infection of the fluid that surrounds a person's spinal cord and the brain.

No additional cases of bacterial meningitis have been reported, the school said, and those in close contact with Stillman were urged to get antibiotic treatment. Health officials said the likelihood of additional cases at Kalamazoo College is low.

About 350 students, faculty and staff gathered in Stetson Chapel on Sunday to remember Stillman. Some wrote messages to her on lanterns made out of paper bags and candles, and placed them on and around a bench.

Friends recalled her as funny, sarcastic and an overwhelming presence.

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