University of Sussex Media Release.

22 March 1999
For immediate release

A University of Sussex student is recovering in hospital after being admitted with suspected meningococcal disease last Friday (l9 March).

The student, who is in the second year of a geography degree course, was taken ill when returning from a two-week field trip to the USA. On his arrival in the UK, he was admitted to the East Surrey Hospital with suspected meningococcal septicaemia. The condition has now been confirmed. The student is making good progress and is described by the hospital authorities as being out of danger.

In accordance with national guidelines, all fellow students on the geography field trip have been contacted and have received antibiotics.

For further information contact Sue Yates, Information Officer on Tel. 01273 678384. Fax 01273 678335. email

Note for editors:

The symptoms of meningococcal meningitis are: vomiting, high temperature/fever/stiff neck; dislike of bright lights; drowsiness/lethargy; joint pains; rash - tiny blood spots or bruising under the skin, which can appear anywhere on the body and do not turn white when pressed. The incubation period is usually about three days

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