Meningitis Kills Queens School Counselor
A 27-year-old student counselor at St. Francis Preparatory H.S. last week died of bacterial meningitis sending fear of contamination through the Fresh Meadows school.
Leanne Burke, a guidance counselor at St. Francis Prep, died after she took a turn for the worse while battling the disease at North Shore University Hospital, authorities said.
Health officials described symptoms of the disease as a high fever, intense headache and vomiting accompanied by a stiff neck and body rash.
Authorities said Burke appeared to be improving on Thursday evening, but her condition worsened rapidly overnight and she died shortly after 6 a.m. on January 25.
The disease often fools its victims, appearing as a bad case of the flu, authorities said. Symptoms become more severe as the disease lingers.
Officials at St. Francis Prep were unavailable for comment.
- Liz Goff