Two cases at University of Bristol

8th November 2018

We are concerned to hear from Public Health England that two cases of the MenB strain of meningitis have been confirmed at the University of Bristol

Meningitis at University of Bristol - signs and symptoms

We are also very relieved to hear that both students are reported to be recovering well. 

The university has been quick to act, contacting students and faculties and liaising with public health officials in the city. Although the risk of further cases is low, we recommend everyone in the community familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms of the disease and encourage all students 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 and 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.

Our Chief Executive Dr Tom Nutt, said, “We are concerned to learn of these Bristol cases, 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. But being aware of the risk, and learning the signs and symptoms of the disease is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your friends against meningitis.”

We would also urge all students to check whether they have been vaccinated against MenACWY and if not to ask their GP for the vaccine. 

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 are a student or the parent of a student you can find out more about how we support students here.