The Public Health England (PHE) has identified two cases of meningitis at the University of Bristol.
One confirmed case of Meningitis B and one probable case of Meningitis.
The students sharing accommodation with the patients, and friends of the patients have been given antibiotics and vaccinations to reduce the risk of the infection spreading and also advised by the PHE to look out for their housemates as symptoms “can look a lot like a hangover.”
Symptoms include: vomiting, stiff neck, severe headache, joint/muscle pains, fever and dislike of bright lights.
The patients are receiving treatment in Cardiff and are said to be recovering well.
Fiona Neely, consultant in health protection at Public Health England South West, said:
“It’s important to reassure all concerned that apart from the very close contacts that are being offered antibiotics and vaccination, there is no need for a wider group of students or staff to take antibiotics or be vaccinated.
“The best advice remains for everyone to be aware of and alert to the signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, especially students and their parents.”
She also urged the students to register with the Students’ Health Service and to take up the offer of the MenACWY vaccine which is available to students as part of the routine vaccination schedule for their age group.
The charity is urging all students to check whether they have been vaccinated against meningitis ACWY and if not to ask their GP for the vaccine.
If anyone is feeling unusually unwell, and displaying the symptoms of meningitis or septicaemia, they should contact their GP surgery immediately or call NHS 111.