19-year-old dies after being admitted to hospital with meningitis

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

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A 19 year-old man from West Fife has died after being admitted to the Victoria Hospital with meningitis.

He was admitted with meningococcal disease, to the hospital in Kirkcaldy on Thursday, April 9 where his condition deteriorated.

He sadly passed away in intensive care on Saturday, April 11.

Household and other closely exposed contacts have been identified and offered antibiotics to help reduce the chances of further infections.

Dr Charles Saunders, consultant in public health medicine, said: “This is a very sad event and I would like to extend my sympathies to this young man’s family and friends.

“Symptoms of meningococcal disease can include fever or vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, drowsiness, and rash that does not disappear if pressed with a glass.

“Furthermore, young children may refuse food, appear drowsy or agitated, and have unusual body movements or a shrill, moaning cry when handled.

“However, not everybody with meningococcal infection shows these symptoms.

“People should seek immediate medical attention if they suspect that either they or one of their family members may have meningococcal infection.”