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High schooler, 16, dies of bacterial meningitis

MOUNT HOREB, Wis. (AP) -- A Dane County official says a Mount Horeb High School student has died of bacterial meningitis.

Thomas Schlenker is the director of the Dane County Public Health Department. He says the girl, 16, died Saturday.

Schlenker says investigators are talking with relatives and trying to determine who had close contact with the teen.

The death comes less than two weeks after a University of Wisconsin-Madison student died from the same illness. Schlenker says that's a "surprising coincidence" but says he doesn't believe there's a widespread threat.

He tells WISC-TV these kinds of similarities can crop up when dealing with a disease as random as this one.

Bacterial meningitis causes swelling of the membrane that covers the brain or spinal cord.

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