County health: Bacterial meningitis killed Santee woman

SAN DIEGO - County health officials say a Santee woman who was left brain-dead after falling ill died of bacterial meningitis.

Doctors initially told the family that Jackie Billings, 52, had meningitis, according to her husband and now the county says they have positively determined that is what killed her.

Jackie's' husband, Bob Billings, told 10News his wife had been fighting the flu for a couple of weeks and complained about a fever and a rash before she was admitted into Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Jackie Billings was a mother of three and worked at a Starbucks in Santee.

Last week, Patrick Henry High School student Jewelean Pimentel, 14, died from a suspected meningococcal infection, which is more easily spread than bacterial meningitis. In Pimentel's case, the illness progressed so fast that doctors said even the most cutting-edge treatment was ineffective.

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