Two cases of meningitis in Northern Ireland school

05 Dec 2019
Two cases of meningitis in Northern Ireland school

A primary school in County Armagh has had two cases of meningitis.  Public health officials are aware, and MRF has offered support and information to Birches Primary school, Portadown.

Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “Our thoughts are with the families of the affected pupils, and if they or anyone else in area have questions or concerns can get in touch with MRF’s free helpline and support team on 080 8800 3344, or helpline@meningitis.org.”

"... it’s so important for everyone to know the symptoms and for people to trust their instincts" - Rob Dawson

“Early symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache and feeling unwell. Limb pain, pale skin, and cold hands and feet often appear earlier than the rash, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and confusion. It’s so important for everyone to know the symptoms and for people to trust their instincts. If you or someone you know is ill and getting rapidly worse, seek urgent medical help.”

“Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted from person to person by close contact with others such as coughing, sneezing, kissing etc. However, usually we have to be in very close or regular contact with someone for the bacteria to pass between us. Even when this happens, most of us will not become ill.”

The MRF Membership and Support team are here for you for any questions you might have about meningitis and septicaemia and their effects on you or your family and friends.


MRF’s helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Tel: UK 080 8800 3344/Ireland 1800 41 33 44
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