Bacterial Meningitis Confirmed as Cause of Death of Alisa Lewis
Jan. 22, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Health officials yesterday (Jan. 21) confirmed the presence of meningitis bacteria in the blood of Alisa Marie Lewis, the Cal women's basketball player who died Monday, Jan. 19.
Peter Dietrich, M.D., medical director of University Health Services at UC Berkeley, said City of Berkeley public health officials reported that results of a blood culture confirmed the presence of Neisseria Meningititis (also called meningococcus).
Dietrich said this is the bacteria that causes meningococcal meningitis and/or meningococcal sepsis, an infection in the blood stream. He noted that the meningococcal vaccine that is available for some types of meningitis would not have provided protection against the type of meningococcus (serotype B) detected in Lewis' blood culture.