CSU student has same meningococcal infection as others

By: KUSA Email
By: KUSA Email

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KUSA) - The Larimer County Health Department says Christina Adame died from sepsis caused by a Group-C meningococcal infection, the same strain of the bacteria that infected several people in Fort Collins in June, eventually killing three.

Adame, originally from Evans, lived off campus and was taken to the hospital at 11 p.m. on Oct. 19. She had died by 2 a.m. on Oct. 20. Her mother called 911 after speaking to her daughter on Tuesday night and realizing how ill she had become.

Her case is the seventh confirmed meningococcal bacteria case in Larimer County, which is double the average.

Health officials say there is no threat to the public and less than 1 percent of the population gets this strain of meningococcal bacteria. They say the meningitis vaccine covers this group of the disease, but it covers it the best in the first year following vaccination. Officials say the meningitis vaccine should be given every five years to people who are at risk of contracting the disease.

Adame had gotten the vaccination in 2006.

Officials say the second CSU student who was believed to have contracted meningococcal bacteria was not infected by the bacteria. Zachary Ratzlaff, 19, originally was thought to have the bacteria when his floor mates say he became rapidly ill on the night of Oct.19, complaining of headache and muscle tension. He was taken to Poudre Valley Hospital and placed in the ICU.

It is unclear if the infection of the people connected to the hockey game in June and Adame's death are connected, even though they were all infected with the same group of meningococcal bacteria.

9NEWS Health Reporter Dr. John Torres says now that they have determined what group of meningococcal bacteria it is, but they still have to determine the subtype. He says there are many different subtypes of this group.

Brian Wormus and Nick Smith, two Fort Adult Hockey Association Players, died in June from meningococcal disease. Bill Jubert, another player who contracted meningitis in June, died earlier this month after a series of strokes.

(KUSA-TV © 2010 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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