The following is based on information provided by the North Yorkshire Health Protection Unit.
Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterium. There are five main groups (A, B, C, W and Y) that cause the disease. Untreated, the bacteria can multiply rapidly in the bloodstream and become septicaemia.
Students are reminded to be alert to the symptoms of meningitis. Classic symptoms, which may not all be present, include:
Sometimes there will erupt a red/purple rash which does not fade on pressure, ie when viewed through a glass. The rash may rapidly spread to a bruise-like appearance. This is septicaemia and you should call a doctor immediately. Other symptoms of septicaemia are:
Call 999 for emergency services - or for security services on campus call 01904 32 3333 or use the Safezone app.
Who to contact
- Student Hub
Tel: 01904 324140
- Open 9am to 5pm, Mon - Thurs; 10am to 5pm, Fri (UG term-time)
10am to 4pm, Mon - Fri (all other times)
There has been a UK vaccination programme in recent years and most younger students will now have been vaccinated against the meningitis strain C. University students are also eligible for the Men ACWY vaccine.
If you have not been vaccinated it is advisable to discuss this with your doctor.
Meningitis is also commonly caused by another bacterium, strain B, so even amongst those who have been vaccinated continuing vigilance is necessary.
For illustrated leaflets, visit the Student Hub in Market Square or the University Health Centre.