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Meningitis B case confirmed at Bristol University

Antibiotics are being given to students who share the same accommodation block. Photo: ITV West Country

Public Health England have confirmed a case of Meningitis B in a Bristol University student.

The student is currently receiving treatment and is recovering well.

PHE says antibiotics are being given to students who share the same accommodation block to reduce the risk of any additional cases.

The health organisation say apart from the very close contacts that are being offered antibiotics, "there is no need for a wider group to take antibiotics".

The university welcomed thousands of new students to Bristol last month. Credit: ITV West Country

Public Health England South West is encouraging people to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of meningitic B.

We understand that there will be concern among students, staff and parents following this case, and we are following national guidelines in implementing control measures such as eliminating carriage in close contacts to reduce spread of infection.

Any student that feels unwell and displays the symptoms of meningitis or septicaemia, they should seek urgent medical advice.

We urge students to look out for your housemates as symptoms of meningitis and to be vigilant for anything out of character. We would also urge students to register with the Students’ Health Service and to take up the offer of the MenACWY vaccine which is available to students as part of the routine vaccination schedule for this age group.

– Mike Wade, Deputy Direct for Health Protection, Public Health England South West

You can find further advice on meningitis at http://www.meningitis.org/.