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Paly 2011 Lacrosse Player Dies of Meningitis

Original post made by Saddened, Palo Alto High School, on May 10, 2012

ST. LOUIS—A college student in St. Louis has died after contracting bacterial meningitis.

Washington University undergraduate Emily Benatar died Wednesday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She was a first-year student from California. Chancellor Mark Wrighton says her family was with her when she died.

Benatar was diagnosed last month. No other cases have been diagnosed at Washington University.

The bacteria that cause the disease are transmitted from person to person through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions, such as through kissing, sneezing and coughing, or through sharing food or drink.

The family is holding a memorial service at 7 p.m. May 19 in the Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, Calif. A campus memorial service will be in the fall semester.





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Posted by Sad
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

So sorry about the sad news... Condolences.

Parents, don't let your kids go off to college before first getting them a meningitis vaccination.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on May 10, 2012 at 6:55 pm



Very sad and meningitis vaccinations are a wise idea.

There is no meningitis vaccination the viral and other forms of meningitis-but they are less fatal

Our condolences to her family


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