College athlete dies suddenly from rare disease

FORT MORGAN, Colorado (KDVR) -- A college athlete from Fort Morgan in northeast Colorado died suddenly from a rare disease.

Samantha Scott was on the rowing team at Kansas State University. 

Two weeks ago she started not to feel well and initially, it was thought tonsillitis was to blame.

Her family said they later discovered it was Lemierre’s syndrome. The bacterial infection begins in the throat and spreads through the lymphatic vessels.

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Samantha Scott was on the rowing team at Kansas State University when she came down with Lemierre's syndrome. (Photo: KDVR)
Lemierre's syndrome is an infection that begins in the throat and is poorly understood by doctors. (Photo: KDVR)
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Samantha and Kennidi Cobbley were lifelong friends.  (Photo: KDVR)
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Symptoms can include sore throat and fever, followed by swelling of the internal jugular vein.

It's a fast-acting bacteria that can take over a person's body quickly if not treated soon enough.

GoFundMe page is set up to help Scott's family with medical bills and funeral expenses. They hope to establish a scholarship in Scott's name.

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