By Associated Press • 

Autopsy inconclusive in death of student athlete

EUGENE - A Lane County public health official says an autopsy was inconclusive in determining what caused the death of an 18-year-old University of Oregon student athlete.

County Public Health spokesman Jason Davis said Wednesday that the county, a state lab and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are conducting additional tests following Tuesday's death of Lauren Jones, a member of the university's acrobatics and tumbling team. Davis was uncertain when those test results would be available.

He says meningococcemia has not been ruled out. That bacterial infection led to the recent hospitalization of three other University of Oregon students.

The infection spreads through the bloodstream and damages organs. The other three students have been released and are recovering.

Early symptoms resemble the flu, including aches, chills, fatigue and fever.

The Register-Guard reports that Jones was treated and released from one Eugene-area hospital hours before she was rushed to another hospital where she died.

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