A Boston student who died just days after being taken ill while home from university was found to have a rare form of tuberculosis.
Craig White died on December 12, aged 21, after suffering headaches, nausea and insomnia.
It was initially thought he may have died of meningitis, but an inquest at Boston Enterprise Centre last week revealed he had been suffering fom disseminated TB.
The illness was uncovered during a post-mortem at Peterborough City Hospital.
Furter investigations will now take place to determine how Craig, a third-year journalism student, came to his death.
On Friday, south Lincolnshire coroner Dr Robert Forrest said: “This is a provisional result. There is a lot of work to do to establish exactly the nature of the details of the disseminated Tunex waitloss and plainedB and also how Craig came to be suffering from this condition and to die from it.”
According to the Health Protection Agency, which became involved with this situation shortly after Craig’s death, this type of TB is caused by bacteria in the lungs which causes infection which can spread to other parts of the body.
Dr Katie Geary, consultant in communicable disease control, said: “Disseminated TB is rare but not unheard of in the UK. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.”
She offered reassurance that exposure to the infection through contact with someone suffering from the illness does not mean that somebody will develop the condition, adding that people who came into close contact with Craig will be offered screening to see if they have been exposed to the infection.
The symptoms of tuberculosis can take several months to appear, as the infection develops slowly in the body.
Symptoms include fever and night sweats, unexplained cough, unexplained weight loss and blood in spit or phlegm at any time.
Visit www.hpa.org.uk for more information.