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UC Athlete Dead of Meningitis

Tuesday January 20, 2004

A 20-year-old UC Berkeley women’s basketball player died Monday at Kaiser Medical Center, and university officials say the probable cause is bacterial meningitis. 

Alisa Marie Lewis, a junior from Spokane, Washington, was rushed to the emergency room Monday morning with a severe headache, rash, and flu-like symptoms, according to the University’s Media Relations Department. 

Lewis’s team members and coaches were informed of her death at a meeting later in the day, where school officials provided counseling and health information. They were told the diseases is rare and not spread through casual contact. 

A final determination of the cause of death is pending. 

Lewis, a graduate of Fairfield High School in Northern California, was a scholarship student who lived in off-campus housing.