Cause revealed in sudden death of TCC student

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 5, 2018

Courtesy: Action News Jax

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – We’ve learned that a local college student who passed away suddenly last month died from acute meningitis. A report from the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the cause.

19-year-old Jessie Melcolm was a freshman at Tallahassee Community College.

She was found unresponsive at her West Tennessee Street apartment on November 6. She was rushed to the hospital but passed away that afternoon.

On Wednesday, TCC released the following statement regarding Melcolm’s death:

”Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the friends and family of TCC student Jessie Melcolm, who passed away in Tallahassee on November 6. We offer our condolences and sympathies to those suffering through the loss of a TCC Eagle.

“TCC was advised at the outset of the health investigation that there was nothing the College should do concerning the matter. The College was told that it would be notified if a “public health action” was required, which never occurred.

“We were in constant contact with the Florida Department of Health and were never notified of any potential public health action.”

A family friend told media outlets that Melcolm had called her mother the night before her death and mentioned having a headache.

We reached out to the Leon County Health Department for more information. Spokesperson Christopher Tittle said while meningitis can be caused by a lot of different things, the specific cause of Melcolm's meningitis was not a public health concern.

Tittle adds that at the time Melcolm passed away, the department took precautions based on some of the symptoms she had out of an abundance of caution. We're told that medication was offered to others who had come in contact with Melcolm and were concerned about their own exposure, because at the time, officials were not yet sure of her exact illness.

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