A STUDENT'S death from meningitis has prompted a warning for extra vigilance.
The Meningitis Trust is urging all students to be aware of the signs and symptoms and not to wait for a rash if the virus is suspected.
Huddersfield University has also reminded students to be on their guard for symptoms and read-up on information they receive on enrolment.
A university spokesman said: "It is something students are well aware of and we have established procedures in place to deal with any cases or outbreaks, although fortunately this has never been needed,"
The warning comes after the death of a 20-year-old student at Sussex University who died from meningococcal septicaemia in hospital last Saturday after becoming ill the day before.
There has also been a rise in the number of reported cases of the disease throughout England and Wales, with 53 cases reported in the first week of January.
Several students have died in high-profile outbreaks at universities in Southampton and Cardiff in the past couple of years.
Meningitis Trust education manager Bev Corbett said awareness of the disease among students had fallen since the introduction of the meningitis C vaccine.
The key early signs of meningitis are headache, stiff neck and dislike of bright lights. Other symptoms such as vomiting, drowsiness, joint pain and fever may also be present.
The rash which starts as red or purple spots anywhere on the body is a symptom of septicaemia or blood poisoning.
More information can be obtained from the Meningitis Trust's 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0845 6000 800 or by finding www. meningitis-trust.org on the internet.