The University of Nottingham (UoN) has issued an alert following a confirmed case of meningitis in a hall of residence. 

Today (Friday 7th October), the University has released a statement confirming a student in one of their halls of residence was diagnosed with the illness.

“UoN urged members of the University to be ‘especially vigilant’ over the course of the next few days”

The University has said that it has “worked with local Public Health Doctors” and has identified close contacts of the individual, including “fellow teammates and hall residents who have shared a room or kitchen with the affected person”.

The individual affected, and the close contacts, have been given prophylactic antibiotics.

In the statement, UoN urged members of the University to be “especially vigilant” over the course of the next few days.

Symptoms of meningitis, the University stated, ‘may be similar to those you get with a flu or hangover’

Symptoms of meningitis, the University stated, “may be similar to those you get with a flu or hangover”:

  • Feeling feverish
  • Vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Stiff neck, back and joint pains

The statement urges students to get urgent medical help by phoning 111, if the following symptoms arise:

  • Rash of tiny red bruises that does not fade under pressure
  • Severe dislike of light
  • Disorientation or drowsiness

More to follow as the story develops.

Steven Green

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