New Information Into Mysterious Death Of Kentucky Woman

27 NEWSFIRST has learned more about the mysterious death of a central Kentucky woman earlier this summer.

The Fayette County Coroner now says 22-year-old Ashley Foley died of a viral infection, not a bacterial one.

He also says tests appear to show she died from viral meningitis, which is not nearly as contagious as the bacterial strain.

Foley and her half-sister Allison Foley both got sick in July, but Allison was able to recover.

Officials thought the women may have caught something from animals they had been around.

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  • by Mary Location: Lexington on Sep 13, 2007 at 01:40 AM
    I think fkt has everything bass ackwards. I've never ever seen a human being get a slap on a wrist for killing another person but have seen plenty of animal abusers go free to later KILL humans! Medical tests should have been performed, animals quaranteened until results were in. Sorry for the family loss.
  • by Jennifer Location: Richmond on Sep 9, 2007 at 07:43 PM
    I agree with you William from Berea. I am Mr. Foley's neighbor.
  • by mel Location: lex on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:15 AM
    Of course it's tragic that this happened, but I'm just totally confused as to why the animals were targeted as root cause. I've had animals all my life and I've never had them be suspect if I was sick. There are a million other reasons for illness other than a guinea pig and a bird; why were they targeted? They're domestic pets! It does seem a little rash.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:04 AM
    First, that's not all I got from it. I'm sorry for this father's loss. Second, if I, a common layperson, could realize that it wasn't the pets, then they, the perfessionals, should have been able to too. Third, if they had concentrated on her illness instead of the pets, then maybe, just maybe, she wouldn't have died. So, when you say ."if that's all you got out of this," then you're missing the whole point.
  • by c Location: fkt on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:52 AM
    I agree with William from Berea. People seem to care more about animals than they do people. The laws even back this attitude. Kill a person, get a slap on the wrist. Kill an animal, get life in prison. Doesn't make any sense to me. I'm so sorry that this young lady died and that her sister is so sick. Praying for this family.
  • by karen Location: pike on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    Why does it take so long for test results to be completed. With all the technology we have, we sure don't seem to use it wisely.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:11 PM
    William, I don't think anyone is just taking "poor animals" from this at all. The point is that while they were off chasing animals they may have been doing something more with these girls and maybe have saved both. My son was diagnosed within 24 hrs of the very same type of meningitis and not once were animals mentioned or questioned. I'm just very sorry the surviving sister had to lose not only her sister but her pets because of ...well... who knows what they were thinking. Seems very senseless.
  • by robert Location: southeastern on Sep 6, 2007 at 12:59 PM
    that the good old for you
  • by william Location: berea on Sep 6, 2007 at 12:04 PM
    You people mske me sick. I spent Saturday evening with the father of these two girls. I have known him for several years and to see him suffer like he is, is very hard. Why don't you put your efforts and comments to good use and ask why the child died to begin with. Are you sure her life could not have been saved. I don't hate animals, but if all you take from this is poor animals, there is something wrong with you.
  • by Kay Location: Nicholasville, Ky. on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    I'm very sorry that one lady lost her life and the other lady was so very sick, but what JUSTIFIES their pets being KILLED?? If it were me and I survived this ordeal, I'd be after someone!!
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