2014-03-06 08:17:00 by Metro Networks, Inc.
(Portland, OR) -- Officials say meningococcal disease is suspected in the death of a 17-year-old Central Catholic High School student. Jacob Parkhurst, who had been reported to be in good health Friday, was hospitalized Monday and died Tuesday night of what's being called a "severe, invasive bacterial infection." Health officials are awaiting test results that they hope will identify a specific cause of death. The rate of meningococcal disease in Oregon has declined steadily since 1994, when 140 cases were reported in the state.