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Three further cases are admitted

Tuesday 17th May (17 days since Case 1)

Two further cases (cases 4 and 5) within the target group for prophylaxis are admitted to hospital with suspected meningococcal meningitis.

Case 1 has now been confirmed as serogroup C meningococcal disease, case 2 remains a probable case and case 3 has been confirmed as meningococcal disease but the serogroup is unknown.

A close-contact of case 1, also living in Hall A (contact 1) was found to carry meningococci in their throat; this person was healthy and did not display any symptoms.

Thursday 19th May (19 days since case 1)

Cases 4 and 5 are shown to be serogroup C meningococcal disease using PCR. Case 3 has also been confirmed as serogroup C.

A 6th student who was not a resident in the Halls where the previous cases lived nor had any known close contact with any of the cases is admitted to hospital and is initially managed as a case of viral meningitis.

Sunday 22nd May (22 days since first case)

The student (case 6) admitted on day 19 dies in hospital, samples have been sent for microbiology to rule out bacterial meningitis. Meningococci are later isolated from these samples and are confirmed as serogroup C

Remote Cases

During the time since the first case, two further cases of meningococcal disease have been reported in the region, the cases are from two different towns in the same county as the University. Both these cases are confirmed as being serogroup C.

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