MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A University of Minnesota student died Thursday after contracting meningitis, a university official said.
Kristin Marx, of Madison, Wis., was admitted to Fairview-University Medical Center on Tuesday after becoming ill at the sorority house where she lived, university spokeswoman Amy Phenix said. Marx was a sophomore in the university's Carlson School of Management. Her age was not immediately available.
"It's a very tragic situation," Phenix said.
Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial disease with symptoms such as headaches, confusion, vomiting, fevers and, in some cases, seizures. The disease is spread through exchange of body fluid such as kissing or sharing drinking glasses.
University officials contacted roommates, students and faculty who were in contact with Marx over the past week in search of others who might have contracted the disease. About 65 people have been given oral antibiotics as a precaution.
Marx's parents chose to make the information about their daughter public out of concern for the welfare of other university students.
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