Italian dies of meningitis after Poland pilgrimage

AP News
Posted: Aug 02, 2016 1:20 PM

ROME (AP) — The Italian bishops' conference says a young Italian pilgrim died of meningitis after attending the World Youth Day event in Poland, and is urging anyone who used the same hospitality facilities to get vaccinated.

The conference said the girl, who came from Rome, died at a Vienna hospital as she traveled home from Poland. Pope Francis led several events at the Catholic youth jamboree in Krakow, which ended on Sunday.

Pilgrims who were traveling with the girl already received the vaccine. The bishops' conference said others who used the same facilities in Krakow for Italian pilgrims should do the same.

News agency ANSA reported Tuesday that the bishop of Bolzano in northern Italy and 120 pilgrims there were vaccinated as a precaution upon returning home.