Important information regarding Meningitis

Posted by rmt22 at Dec 07, 2016 03:33 PM |
We have been made aware that one of our students has been admitted to hospital with a confirmed case of meningitis.

The student in question is being treated and is currently recovering. As far as we are aware this is an isolated case and there have been no other occurrences of meningitis identified.

We would like to reassure you that the risk of another case in the university is very small indeed. Only those who have had prolonged, close contact with the person are at a slightly greater risk of getting ill and they have already been identified and given antibiotics.

We take the safety and health of all our students very seriously and wanted to reiterate the advice on recognising symptoms of meningitis.

Symptoms include one or more of the following, although not all of these symptoms will necessarily occur together:

  • Severe headache
  • High temperature/fever
  • Vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Pale, blotchy skin
  • Drowsiness/lethargy
  • Joint pains
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Rash of red/purple spots which looks like bruising under the skin.

Not all of these signs and symptoms may show at once, but someone with this illness will become very ill. The illness may progress over one or two days. But it can develop very rapidly, sometimes in a matter of hours.

Diagnosis in the early stages can be difficult. The early signs can be like bad ‘flu’ symptoms but be watchful and use your instincts. If someone becomes ill with some of these signs or symptomscontact the doctor urgently and ask for advice.

If you have individual worries about this case, you can speak to a member of the public health team by calling 03442 254 524 option 1 during normal working hours.

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