Northumbria student dies of suspected meningitis

A third year has died of meningococcal meningitis


The 22-year-old died in hospital on October 1st, with the University now just releasing the details of her death.

Northumbria is making students more aware of the rare illness

Northumbria is making students more aware of the rare illness

Fellow students are being advised to be aware of the symptoms of the life threatening disease despite it’s rarity.

The University have advised that the meningococcal meningitis bacteria is not easily spread, but any symptoms of drowsiness, fever, muscle aches or vomiting should be reported.

The disease is most likely to affect young children and adults and does not spread easily. Students and staff who had prolonged or close contact with the student have been offered antibiotics, as they are the only people at minor risk of becoming unwell.

Students are more likely to be contaminated with such illnesses upon returning to university and mingling with those unaware they carry meningococcal bacteria.

The University has offered it’s deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends.