Teenager from Orchard School in Bristol dies from 'suspected meningitis'

Public Health England is doing tests to confirm whether the teenager had meningitis. Credit: PA

A teenager from Orchard School in Bristol has died suddenly of 'suspected meningitis'.

Public Health England says it is treating the case as a probable meningococcal infection and carrying out tests to confirm.

PHE says there are no known links to the previous Meningitis B cases associated with St Brendan’s Sixth Form College.

Antibiotics have been arranged for close contacts of the case as a precaution.

PHE says it expects to know the diagnosis by early on Wednesday.

The health organisation is reminding members of the public to be vigilant about signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, which can be found on the NHS website.

Orchard School's headteacher Julia Hinchcliffe says the student was "a fantastic role model, a high achieving young man, who was held in high regard by all pupils and staff".