Friday, February 17, 2017

A meningitis charity has issued a warning after a UCC student died from meningitis.

The death of the female student is believed to have taken place in the last few days.

A warning issued by the Meningitis Research Foundation urged people to be aware of the symptoms of the disease.

“(We were) saddened to hear of the death of a student in UCC from meningitis. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends – our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time,” said the foundation, in a statement released today.

“Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It shares many of the symptoms of other, more common, everyday illnesses such as the flu or even a hangover. As a result it is vital that you are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, particularly the symptoms that are more unique to meningitis.”

Because Meningitis develops so quickly it can be a particularly devastating disease for those affected. It can also have a resounding effect on the surrounding community.

If anyone would like any further information, contact 01 819 6931, freephone 1800 41 33 44, or visit www.meningitis.org.

 

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