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Meningitis risk highlighted as Welsh student falls ill


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A fresher at the University of South Wales was hospitalised earlier this week after contracting meningitis.

The unnnamed first year student is confirmed to have fallen ill with the potentially fatal disease.

Public Health Wales are arranging antibiotics for those who had contact with the student, who was living in halls in Treforest, located in the Rhondda valley, between Swansea and Cardiff.

Public Health Wales said: "All close contacts are being identified and those requiring preventative medication are being treated. There is no wider public health risk and no other individuals will require treatment.

"Meningococcal disease can affect anyone at any time and it is therefore important to be aware of the symptoms, which can include headache, fever, drowsiness, vomiting, neck stiffness and possibly a red rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass tumbler."

A measles epidemic previously broke out in Swansea in 2012 after a large drop in vaccinations of the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Students are a particular risk group for meningitis. Find out more information at Meningitis Now

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