Group B meningococcal disease death in Bath

12 Nov 2019
Group B meningococcal disease death in Bath

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is aware that, tragically, a student from Bath Spa University has died of meningococcal disease. 

MRF is in touch with Public Health England (PHE) and Bath Spa University about a tragic death from meningitis. It has been confirmed as MenB meningitis

Antibiotics have been arranged for close contacts of the case. Information has been provided to remind students and staff of the signs and symptoms of meningococcal infection, which can cause meningitis, as well as septicaemia. PHE has reassured all concerned that, apart from the very close contacts that have already received antibiotics, there is no need for a wider group to take antibiotics.

Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn of this tragic death and our thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends. We’re here to help anyone affected by meningitis or septicaemia.  Our free helpline and support service is here to support anyone affected or anyone who may have questions following this news.

"We are saddened to learn of this tragic death and our thoughts and condolences are with their family and friends. We’re here to help anyone affected by meningitis or septicaemia. " - Rob Dawson, MRF

"Around 1 in 5 teenagers harmlessly carry meningococcal bacteria in the back of the nose and throat, but it is quite unusual for the bacteria to invade the body and cause disease.

“Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted from person to person by close contact with others such as coughing, sneezing, kissing etc. However, usually we have to be in very close or regular contact with someone for the bacteria to pass between us. Even when this happens, most of us will not become ill.

“We encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccines that are available to them to protect themselves and their families. However, there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease so it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.”

Young people up to the age of 25 are strongly encouraged to check if they have had or are eligible for the MenACWY vaccination. This protects against four types of meningitis.  Immunisation against group B meningococcal (MenB) (the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in the UK) is currently only given to babies.

Rob continues: “Meningitis Research Foundation continues to support research which we hope will help unlock wider access to the MenB vaccine.”

Anyone can check whether they are eligible for the MenACWY vaccine using our eligibility checker.  Anyone with questions or concerns can look at our online support and get in touch with MRF’s free helpline on 0808 8003344.

Check whether you are eligible for the MenACWY vaccine using our eligibility checker.
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