Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear of the death of a young girl from Navan, Ireland, to suspected meningitis.
Monika Marchlewicz, MRF Ireland Manager said, “We are sad to learn that a six year old girl, named as Kayla Carey, has lost her life to suspected meningitis. News reports suggest that a second pupil who attends the same school, Scoil Mhuire, is also seriously ill in hospital with suspected meningitis. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and we are here for them if they would like any support.
“We encourage all parents to take up the offer of the vaccines that are included in the routine immunisation schedule for children to prevent some types of meningitis and septicaemia. 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.
“Parents should be reassured that most cases of meningitis and septicaemia are isolated. It is unusual for there to be two cases in the same school. People usually need to be in close or prolonged contact for the bacteria to pass between them. Even when this happens, most people do not become ill because they have natural immunity."
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