A letter sent out by the University from The Proctor yesterday afternoon confirmed a University student is currently battling a case of meningitis. The student is in “stable and improving” condition.
The student does not live in university accommodation, and those who have been in close contact with the student have been notified and treated. Thus, the risk to the community is small.
Students entering the University are required to receive the meningococcal meningitis vaccine. This is to limit the cases and spread of the infection due to the extremely contagious nature.
Meningitis is an acute inflammation of the membranes which cover the brain and spinal cord.
Common symptoms include fever, headache, and neck stiffness. The infection is very serious and can be deadly.
The University urges students to be aware of symptoms and seek medical care early, as it is the best way to successfully treat the infection.
The Student Services team are trained to answer any question students may have regarding this issue.