Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear that a student from Orchard School in Bristol died at the weekend.
Public Health England has been investigating the cause of death and all of the tests completed so far are negative for meningococcal infection, which is the most common cause of life-threatening meningitis and septicaemia in this age group. The illness could have been caused by another infection.
As a precautionary measure all close contacts of the student were identified and offered antibiotics.
Several cases of meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria have occurred recently in the Bristol area since the tragic death of St Brendan’s college student George Zographou. However, test results have not shown any link between this recent death and the previous cases associated with St Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Bristol.
Rob Dawson, Head of Support at MRF said, “The thoughts and condolences of everyone at MRF are with the family and friends. Our helpline and support team are here for anyone who has questions about meningitis and septicaemia.
“While the test results were negative for meningococcal infection, there are many different causes of meningitis and septicaemia and it is important for everyone to be aware of the symptoms.”
It is important for students to protect themselves with vaccines which are available free of charge. A MenACWY vaccine is available free of charge on the NHS and MRF strongly encourages those eligible to take up the vaccine. It’s easy for anyone to check their eligibility at http://www.meningitis.org/eligibility-checker/
For more information or support, contact MRF’s free helpline on 080 8800 3344.