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Student dies from meningitis at Cork university

A student in University College Cork has died from meningitis.

The death is understood to have been confirmed in recent days and led to calls for information to the helpline of the Meningitis Research Foundation.

A spokeswoman for the charity said today it was saddened to hear of the death.

“We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends; our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time.”

It is unclear what strain of meningitis was involved.

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  people are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, particularly the symptoms that are more unique to meningitis, said a spokeswoman.

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.”

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