This week it was revealed that there has been a second case of meningitis at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland.
The prestigious university has been quick to act, contacting students and faculties and liaising with public health officials in Fife. Although the risk of further cases is low they are urging everyone in the community to familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms of the disease
Earlier in March, students received an email which confirmed that a student had contracted meningitis, and on Monday 12 March, a second email was sent advising of another case.
Public Health Scotland have been informed and have provided antibiotics to those who had been in close contact with the second student. Other students are being encouraged to be vigilant and seek immediate help if meningitis is suspected.
Common signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, severe muscle pain, severe headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, convulsions/seizures, pale / blotchy skin, spots / rash.
Students are the second highest at risk group for contracting meningitis, an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord.
Dr Tom Nutt, our Chief Executive, said, “We are concerned to learn of these cases at St Andrew’s, and extend our thoughts and best wishes to the individuals affected and their families.”
“Meningitis is a relatively rare disease - we urge students at the university not to panic. Learning the signs and symptoms of the disease is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones against meningitis.”
The university is one of those to have been awarded our Meningitis Aware Recognition Mark (MARM), demonstrating it is raising awareness of meningitis amongst students and staff, promoting vaccine uptake and planning ahead – being prepared for a case of meningitis or meningococcal disease on campus. Read more about MARM.
If you suspect meningitis seek medical help immediately.
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