Meningitis warning for students after fatality

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A SHEFFIELD Hallam University student has died from suspected meningitis.

University officers are working closely with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and have put in place procedures to control the spread of any infection. The body was found on Friday morning in shared student accommodation, but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Clive Macdonald, Hallam’s director of student and learning services, said: “We have regrettably been made aware of the death of one of our students. As yet there is no confirmed cause of death, but it is suspected to be a case of meningitis.”

Students and staff across the university are being emailed with advice and information on meningitis. But a wider publicity campaign is not being seen as necessary at this stage as many students have still not returned from the Christmas vacation.

An inquest will be opened once investigations into the cause of death are complete.Matt Clarke, community development officer for the Meningitis Trust, said the risk of a second case was low.

“Visit www.meningitis-trust.org or call our freephone helpline on 0800 028 1828.”