A charity has urged the public to be familiar with the symptoms of meningitis following the death of a student in Cork.
A female student from UCC passed away after contracting meningitis.
"We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends; our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time," said a spokesperson for the Meningitis Research Foundation
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.
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. They can be contacted on 01 819 6931, via their Freefone Helpline 1800 41 33 44 or at www.meningitis.org.
Rapid identification and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia provides the best chance of survival. However it can be missed because early symptoms resemble other less serious illnesses.
Dr. Fiona Ryan, HSE South Consultant in Public Health Medicine said parents and the public in general should remain vigilant for the following signs and symptoms: