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Liverpool students offered meningitis jab

Students at Liverpool Hope University are being offered vaccinations against meningitis after a second case of the infection was confirmed.

An 18-year old student is being treated in hospital and is said to be recovering well.

It follows the death earlier this month of Alisha Bartolini, who was also 18 and living at the same halls of residence.

Alisha Bartolini

"Health protection experts from Public Health England are working with staff and students at Liverpool Hope University after a second confirmed case of meningococcal infection at the same halls of residence.

An 18-year-old student is currently being treated in hospital and is recovering well."

– Public Health England

Liverpool Hope University said they will ensure that all staff and students 'receive the appropriate support, reassurance and advice'.

Second case of meningitis at Liverpool Hope University

A second case of meningitis has been confirmed at Liverpool Hope University.

It follows the death of student Alisha Bartolini, whose body was discovered at her university halls of residence earlier this month.

Alisha Bartolini Credit: Merseyside Police

Public Health England said:

"Health protection experts from Public Health England are working with staff and students at Liverpool Hope University after a second confirmed case of meningococcal infection at the same halls of residence.

An 18-year-old student is currently being treated in hospital and is recovering well."

– Public Health England, spokesperson

Liverpool Hope University said they will ensure that all staff and students 'receive the appropriate support, reassurance and advice'.

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Stockport school cancels visit over Ebola fears

St Simon's Catholic Primary School

A school in Stockport has cancelled the visit of a charity worker and her son because of fears by parents that their children could be infected with Ebola.

Kofi Mason-Sesay, 9, from Sierra Leone was due to study at St Simon's Catholic Primary School in Hazel Grove this month on a placement while his mother, Miriam was on fundraising duties for the charity EducAid which runs a network of free schools for vulnerable youngsters in the West African country.

Last month the school tried to reassure parents that the forthcoming visit posed no risk to the pupils of contracting the disease.

The school took advice from health chiefs in the borough and passed on Public Health England's guidance that anyone travelling from affected countries who were free of symptoms was not infectious.

Yesterday, headteacher Elizabeth Inman wrote to parents to say that "with a very heavy heart" the school and its governors had taken "the pragmatic decision" to stop the visit despite Ms Mason-Sesay and her son having been screened and given unrestricted movement in the UK.

She said:

I understand that there is a lot of misinformation about how Ebola is spread.

A significant number of parents have been in touch with me to express their fears. As you know, I always listen to parents. Ebola cannot be spread as some parents have suggested.

There are many parents who believe that the visit should have gone ahead and that we are contributing to misunderstandings by cancelling it.

In this instance, it has been very hard to juggle justice to Miriam and the views of parents. Of course I would never endanger any child or colleague and I have to put my trust in the professionals.

It is with great sadness that we decided to cancel the visit; the misguided hysteria emerging is extremely disappointing, distracting us from our core purpose of educating your children and is not an environment that I would wish a visitor to experience.

– Elizabeth Inman, Headteacher St Simon's Catholic Primary School
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