Meningitis Now staff member Clara Wiggins

Reported meningitis death over Christmas

Clara Wiggins | 3rd January 2020

We were really saddened to hear that another two young lives have been lost to meningitis, with the reported death from the disease of a man in West Yorkshire and that of a teenage Exeter student

Meningitis death in West Yorkshire at Christmas

*Image credit: Telegraph & Argus

According to newspaper reports, 20-year-old Harris Thompson from Calverley died on Christmas Day. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, who we have reached out to with our offer of support. 

Harris was apparently a keen amateur footballer and his club, Calverley United, has paid tribute to him on their Facebook pages and at a recent match. He worked at a fish and chip shop in Yeadon. 

This death follows the news that an 18-year-old student, Jazib Ahmad, also died recently at Exeter University. The tragedy happened in November but details only became public a few days ago. We have also offered our condolences and support to Jazib’s loved ones.

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“While thankfully meningitis is still a rare disease, this sad loss of another two young lives reminds us how devastating it can be,” said Meningitis Now CEO Dr Tom Nutt.

“We have sent our condolences to both young men’s friends and families and offered them our support, whether that be now or whenever they feel ready."

“In the meantime, I would urge everyone to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease and as students head back to university after the Christmas break, ensure they too know what to look out for.”

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