Woman, 21, dies, possibly from meningitis

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Fifteen being treated with antibiotics

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Fifteen Levy County residents have been treated with antibiotics after coming into contact with a 21-year-old woman who died of suspected bacterial meningitis at a Sumter County Hospital.

Kellie Nichole Taylor, age 21, died July 7, at The Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages in Sumter County where she was staying with a friend.

Barbara Locke, administrator of the Levy County Health Department, said it was “a sad case.”

“Anytime you have a death with meningitis with a young person is sad,” Locke said, especially with this particular kind of meningitis”

While officials in Sumter and Levy are awaiting the results of lab tests to confirm the meningitis diagnosis, Lock said for people the bacterial form of the disease is “the more deadly kind.”

But Locke pointed out, “Everybody doesn’t die that gets meningitis”

And she said people would have had to have more than incidental casual contact with the victim to contract the disease.

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