29 Jul '11, 4am

S’porean high-flyer dies from rare brain disease | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

S’porean high-flyer dies from rare brain disease | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

Dr Sarah Woo died in New York after a battle with encephalitis. (Photo of ST report) A Singaporean law academic has died in New York after contracting a rare disease that causes inflammation of the brain. Dr Sarah Woo Pei Yee, a 33-year-old assistant professor of law at New York University (NYU), was on holiday with her husband in Toronto, Canada when she fainted in the hotel room. She was taken to a hospital and later transferred to the New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she died seven weeks later on 15 July after a battle against encephalitis, reported The Straits Times (ST) Encephalitis is commonly caused by viral infections. Many cases of encephalitis results in only mild flu-like symptoms but severe cases can be life-threatening. Symptoms include headache, fever, confusion, drowsiness and fatigue. Dr Woo joined NYU in June 2010. She was on holiday with her husband ...

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