West Chester Student Dies of Meningitis - NBC 10 Philadelphia

West Chester Student Dies of Meningitis



    Sean Casey was a fun loving person just days before he died from bacterial meningitis. NBC10's Christine Maddela reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013)

    A junior at West Chester University died after contracting bacterial meningitis.

    A school spokeswoman identifies the student as Sean Casey.

    Casey was remembered as a fun-loving music education major who was gone too soon.

    "It's very overwhelming," said Casey's girlfriend Bridget Cotellese.

    Meningitis is spread through the air by respiratory secretions or close contact with an infected person, according to a health information page posted on the school's website.

    The student health center is working with the Department of Health to find other students who have had close contact with Casey, so they can be treated with antibiotics.

    Symptoms of meningitis can appear flu-like, including high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash, nausea, vomiting and confusion.

    Students at Penn State were also warned about the incident since Casey just returned from a conference in State College on Sunday.

    Casey returned to West Chester and started to suffer symptoms. By Monday he had a rash, nausea and a severe headache. 

    On Tuesday his family received word that he wasn't going to make it and by Wednesday he was dead, Cotellese said.

    Any students with concerns can call the West Chester Student Health Center at 610-436-2509 or the Chester County Department of Health at 610- 344-6452.


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