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Posted: Tuesday, April 6th, 2004 6:12 AM HST

UH student dies of mysterious bacterial infection

By Associated Press

(Honolulu-AP) -- State health officials believe a bacterial infection caused the death of a 21-year-old University of Hawaii student last month.

Family members say Travis Mitsuda -- a former U-H baseball player -- developed a cough and a rash during spring break and he died on March 25th.

As a precaution, health officials have given antibiotics to 90 people who came in contact with Mitsuda before his death. But no other cases have been reported.

Health officials have not identified the bacteria, however, they say it might be meningococus -- a common bacteria that is rarely fatal.

The state has sent tissue samples to the U-S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify the bacteria.

(Copyright 2004 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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