Students at a college in Wales have been urged to be vigilant to signs of meningitis, following the death of a 19-year-old student.

Hannah Gwilliam fell ill suddenly and was dead within hours, after complaining of a headache. Tests later revealed that she had contracted the meningococcal group B strain of the disease.

Dr Mac Walapu, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales told the Daily Mail: "We have arranged for people who were in close contact with the teenager to receive medication which will prevent them from becoming ill.

"It is important to be aware of the symptoms, which can include headache, fever, drowsiness, vomiting, neck stiffness and possibly a red rash that did not fade when pressed with a glass tumbler."

For more information on meningitis, visit the Meningitis Trust. The Journal of Family Health Care is running an article on meningitis in the next issue. 

Posted by Robert Mair on 31/1/2012