COUNCIL BLUFFS - A 15-year-old Council Bluffs girl has died after contracting meningitis.
Donn Dierks of the Council Bluffs Health Department says Ashley Renee Andreasen likely contracted the illness over winter break. The high school sophomore died in an Omaha hospital Friday, just a day after she complained of a severe headache.
Melanie Shellberg, principal at Abraham Lincoln High School, says Ashley had many friends and took a leadership role in her school.
Meningitis, an infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord, is typically caused by a viral or bacterial infection.