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Penn Student Dies From Meningitis
September 11, 2007, Volume 54, No. 3

Anne R. Ryan, C ’10, was hospitalized at HUP on Saturday in critical condition with Meningococcal  meningitis, and she passed away early Sunday morning, September 9. The University Chaplain and other Penn administrators were with the 19-year-old Penn sophomore’s family and close friends Saturday night. The University issued a statement on Sunday expressing deep sadness over “this sudden and tragic loss of a promising young life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Anne’s family, friends and classmates.” A candlelight vigil was held near her off-campus apartment on Sunday evening and a University-sponsored gathering was held yesterday.

Ms. Ryan is confirmed to have contracted Meningococcal meningitis, a serious disease that affects children and young adults. The Student Health Service (SHS) has already notified those students whom Penn understands had close contact with Ms. Ryan, including her off campus roommates, and arranged for prophylactic treatment. For more information, see www.upenn.edu/about/meningitis_info.php.

Almanac - September 11, 2007, Volume 54, No. 3