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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UK : Meningitis outbreak

Via Burton Mail :

" A CHILD was today recovering in hospital following an outbreak of a potentially deadly strain of meningitis at a primary school.

The head teacher of Fairmeadows Foundation Primary School, Newhall, has issued a warning to parents and pupils following the case of meningococcal septicaemia, a blood poisoning form of the virus, also known as Ctype meningitis.

Clare Hodson-Walker confirmed one of her pupils was in hospital undergoing treatment.

The school, which has more than 200 children, immediately sought advice and guidance from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on how to deal with the outbreak.

Ms Hodson-Walker told the Mail: “I can confirm that a child is currently in hospital with meningitis. The school acted quickly to get official and appropriate information out to all parents and carers.
“This contained helpful information about the signs and symptoms to be aware of.

“Those people who are at a slightly higher risk, such as immediate family, have already been identified by the HPA and have been given precautionary antibiotics. Children in school are at no greater risk.

“We remain in close contact with the HPA and continue to follow their advice regarding the situation. We have also sought additional advice from the Meningitis Research Foundation and sent this to parents and carers.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and their family at this very difficult time and we ask everyone for their understanding."

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