We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the student, from the Orchard School in the city.
Public Health England is working with Bristol City Council and University Hospital Bristol following the case, which is not believed to be linked to previous cases at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College. Close contacts have been identified and received antibiotics.
Dr Tom Nutt, chief executive of Meningitis Now, said: “It is very sad to hear of another young life being lost to suspected meningitis. We understand that people in the city will be worried but we would urge them not to panic ¬-meningitis remains a relatively rare disease. What students can and should do is take a few minutes to learn the signs and symptoms of the disease so they can act quickly if they suspect it in themselves or their friends.”
The early signs and symptoms of meningitis can be similar to flu and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle pain. More specific signs and symptoms include fever with cold hands and feet, drowsiness, confusion, pale blotchy skin, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights and a rash which doesn’t fade under pressure.
Advice from Meningitis Now is to trust your instincts and call NHS 111 or your GP immediately if you suspect the disease.
Young people up to the age of 25 starting college or university this autumn should also ensure they have their Men ACWY vaccination.
Find out more about the signs and symptoms.