We have learnt today that a student in Scarborough has been admitted to hospital with suspected meningitis. The meningitis may be due to meningococcal infection.

A Public Health doctor has advised that meningitis/septicaemia due to meningococcal infection is a rare illness. Even where the diagnosis is confirmed, it is very unusual to see a second case. The immediate contacts have been given an antibiotic to help prevent further spread.

It is extremely unusual to see linked cases of this illness. However, it is important for everyone to know the early signs of Meningococcal infection which include fever, headache, stiff neck, a dislike of noise, a dislike of bright light and possibly a rash. Meningitis or Septicaemia can develop very rapidly. If you or any one you know, have a flu like illness that is rapidly getting worse, please seek medical attention.

Further general information about Meningitis may be obtained from:

The National Meningitis Trust Helpline Tel: 0800 028 18 28

www.meningitis-trust.org

The Meningitis Research Foundation 24-hour Helpline Tel: 080 8800 3344

www.meningitis.org