Tyne & Wear

Northumbria University student dies of suspected meningitis

A student has died of suspected meningitis.

The 22-year-old woman, from Malaysia, had arrived at Northumbria University in September to study for the final year of her degree.

The university has only just released details of her death, which happened in hospital on 1 October.

It confirmed that no other suspected cases of the bacterial disease had been reported, but antibiotics were being offered as a precautionary measure.

A spokesman for the university said: "We can confirm that one of our students has sadly passed away in hospital from suspected meningococcal meningitis.

"We offer our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

"Meningococcal bacteria do not spread easily.

"Those students and staff identified as being in prolonged close contact with the student in the days before she became ill have been offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure."

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