Meningococcal infection: Julia Cianci’s funeral celebrated on Saturday

The funeral of the young woman who was swept away in Montreal on March 23 by a meningococcal infection that had appeared only a few hours earlier will take place on Saturday at 1:30 pm at Saint Joseph’s Oratory.

Julia Cianci, who lived in the municipality of Mount Royal, was a student at Marianopolis College in Westmount. She is survived by her parents, a grandfather and a grandmother, two sisters and a brother. The family will receive condolences Friday in the afternoon and evening in a funeral home of Mount Royal.

After the Montreal Regional Department of Public Health (DRSP) became aware of the illness that devastated Ms. Cianci, she administered more than 100 people an antibiotic after it was determined that they had had close contact with the young woman.

People who have been in close contact with the victim before her death have been able to live under the same roof, have had sex with her or have been in direct contact with her respiratory secretions. Gestures such as hugging or sharing a drink or bottle with the infected person are not considered close contacts.

The DRSP reports that laboratory tests confirmed that the bacterium involved in the death of Julia Cianci was serogroup B. The Bexsero vaccine that protects against this serogroup was therefore offered to those identified as close contacts, to complete the preventive treatment. .

The Quebec Department of Health and Social Services reports that meningococcus is a bacterium that can be of different types found in a person’s airways. It can cause serious diseases such as meningitis and sepsis.