Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear that 21-year-old Adam Mulchrone, from the town of Westport, has tragically died from suspected meningococcal meningitis.
Mayo News report that Adam was a local soccer star, playing for Westport United. He is said to have begun to feel unwell just days before his death on Sunday 27 January at Mayo University Hospital.
Diane McConnell, Regional Director at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn of the death of Adam and our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, friends and fellow sportsmen.
“We have been supporting people affected by meningitis and septicaemia for the past 29 years and anyone with questions or concerns can get in touch via our free helpline on 1800 41 33 44 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sadly we see more people affected by meningitis and septicaemia during winter. This is thought to be due to the bacteria being able to invade the body more easily via the nose and throat at this time of year due to co-infection with flu virus, and because the bacteria can spread more rapidly when people spend longer periods indoors in close proximity.
“Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted from person to person by close contact with others such as coughing, sneezing, kissing etc, but 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 because we have natural immunity.
“We encourage everyone to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in routine immunisation schedules to protect themselves and their families. However, there are not yet vaccines available to prevent all forms of the disease so it is vital that people are aware of the symptoms.”