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Meningitis cases in Lancaster Nursery

03 Apr 2018
Meningitis cases in Lancaster Nursery

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is sad to hear reports of a death from meningitis in a Lancaster Nursery, and offers support to anyone affected. A second child is said to be recovering in hospital.

Public health authorities have provided antibiotics to close contacts, children at the nursey and nursery staff as a precaution.

Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn that a young child has died from meningitis. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends.

“We are in touch with public health authorities and the nursery and we have reached out to the family.

“We encourage everyone to be aware of the symptoms and available vaccines."

“We encourage everyone to be aware of the symptoms and available vaccines.

“The 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.”

Grainne Nixon, of PHE North West, said: "We understand that there will be concern among parents and staff at the nursery, and we'd like to assure parents that the risk of another case arising in the nursery is very low. Meningococcal disease does not spread very easily."

Anyone with questions or concerns can call the free MRF helpline on 080 8800 3344 or email helpline@meningitis.org. The helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.

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