ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) -- Students gathered on the Washington University campus last night at midnight to honor a fellow-student who died from meningitis.
They gathered on the west edge of the campus outside the dormitory where Emily Benatar lived. Benatar was a first-year student from Palo Alto, California. She was diagnosed with meningitis on April 19th. About 50 students who were in close contact with Benatar were given antibiotics as a precaution after the diagnosis since meningitis is highly contagious. Students living in close quarters in dormitories are said to be a high-risk group.
Common symptoms of the disease include nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and confusion.
The school notified many of the students and staff on Wednesday afternoon about Benatar's death. The university was providing counselors for those affected by loss.
Benatar died at Barnes-Jewish hospital. Reportedly, her parents were by her side when she passed.