Northumbria University has confirmed that a 22-year-old student from Malaysia died in hospital from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
Students in Newcastle are now being advised to look out for the symptoms of meningitis:
- Severe headache
- Nausea (feeling sick)
- Vomiting (being sick)
- Feeling generally unwell
- Seizures or fits
- Being unable to tolerate bright lights
- A stiff neck
- A rapid breathing rate
- A blotchy red rash that does not fade or change colour when you place a glass against it
Northumbria University has confirmed that the student who has died from a suspected case of meningococcal meningitis was female. Her identity has not yet been released. Staff and fellow students who came into contact with the the woman are being offered anti-biotics and information about the illness.
Northumbria University has released more details about a student who died from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
We can confirm that one of our students, a 22-year-old female from Malaysia, sadly passed away in hospital on Wednesday 1 October from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
She came to Northumbria last month to study the final year of her degree. We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Meningococcal bacteria do not spread easily. Those students and staff identified as being in prolonged close contact with the student concerned in the days before she became ill have been offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure.
Staff and students at Northumbria University are being warned to be aware of symptoms after a student died from suspected meningococcal meningitis. It's not been revealed when the student died, however staff and fellow students who came into contact with the individual have been offered anti-biotics and information about the illness. Levi Pay, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, said:
“I would like to reassure students and staff that it is very unlikely that there is any risk to anyone other than those already contacted and offered antibiotics.
However, it is crucial to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and to get treatment as soon as possible.
These symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe headache or muscle pains and drowsiness. Anyone displaying these symptoms should seek medical attention.”
The identity of the student has not been released. Anyone concerned about the infection can seek advice here.
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