Pneumococcal death in Durham

17th April 2019

Meningitis Now are saddened to hear the news that 41-year-old Kerry Martin of Bishop Auckland in County Durham has died of meningitis

Kerry Martin meningitis death in Durham

According to press reports, Kerry died suddenly in March, after contracting pneumococcal meningitis. She had reported flu-like symptoms but otherwise had showed no signs of the illness.

We understand that Kerry left behind a daughter, Georgia – who said her mother was “like a sister” to her - and her husband Alan. We have passed on our sympathies to Kerry’s family and friends and let them know we are here if they need any support or information.

Kerry’s sudden and tragic death at the age of 41 is a reminder that meningitis is an indiscriminate disease that can hit anyone whatever their age. Our Adults Get It Too campaign, launched last year after research showed that older people do not consider themselves at risk of meningitis, aims to raise awareness in this age group.

For more information on meningitis in older people please visit the Adults Get It Too pages of our website.