Public warning given as Irish college student dies of meningitis

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The charity has issued a warning to the public

Following the death of a university student from Cork in recent days, the Meningitis Research Foundation has released a public warning about the symptoms of the illness. The death of the young female student from University College Cork is understood to have been confirmed in recent days, but it is unclear what strain of meningitis was involved, Independent.ie is reporting.

The death has led to an increase in the number of calls being made to the Meningitis Research Foundation, and a spokeswoman for the charity said today they were saddened to hear of the death, and added, “We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends; our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.”

Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord, but it shares many of the symptoms of other everyday illnesses such like the flu or a hangover.

The charity has therefore been stressing how crucial it is for people to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, particularly the symptoms that are more unique to meningitis, the spokeswoman said. "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."

Meningitis Research Foundation supports people affected by this disease through in-depth information and support.

“We want to make the public aware of the symptoms of meningitis so if anyone would like any further information or feels that they could benefit from talking to someone please call our Dublin office on: 01 819 6931, our Freefone Helpline on: 1800 41 33 44 or visit our web site www.meningitis.org," they concluded.

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