ITHACA, N.Y. — Authorities confirm that the death of a junior at Ithaca College does not pose a public health risk to the public.

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Test results from the New York State Health Department show that “the public is not a risk for any communicable disease,” says Dave Maley, spokesperson for IC.

Shannon Sakosits, a student from New Jersey in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, died after an unspecified illness, Ithaca College announced earlier this week.

On Wednesday, IC asked anyone who had “shared drinking containers or eating utensils; exchanged oral secretions with Shannon (e.g., kissing, sharing cigarettes); or had any similar exposure between October 28 and November 9” to contact health officials.

But Maley said in an email Thursday night the public is not at risk due to any illness in connection with Sakosits’ death.

“Results from the New York State Health Department laboratory have confirmed that the public is not at risk for any communicable disease related to the death of the Ithaca College student yesterday. Therefore antibiotic treatment is not necessary for any individuals who were in close contact with the student,” the statement said.

“We extend our condolences to her parents, family, friends, and everyone she has been associated with at Ithaca College.”

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.