There have been two confirmed cases of meningococcal meningitis or septicaemia in students who attend Honley High school in Huddersfield, with a third student being tested for the disease.
News reports suggest that all are recovering well after being treated in hospital and that antibiotics have been offered to the whole year group as a precaution.
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) said, “Our thoughts are with the individuals and families affected. We’re in touch with Public Health England who are monitoring the situation. Our free helpline and support team is here for anyone affected.
“It’s estimated that around 1 in 4 teenagers harmlessly carry meningococcal bacteria in the back of the nose and throat, but it is quite unusual for the bacteria to invade the body and cause disease. Meningococcal bacteria are transmitted from person to person by close contact with others such as coughing, sneezing, kissing etc. 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. That said, it is important for everyone to be aware of the symptoms and to get urgent medical help if they suspect someone is ill with meningitis or septicaemia.”
Helpline and support from MRF