Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is saddened to hear that a 15-year-old, Katelyn Lazare, from Newport, Wales, has tragically died from meningitis.
The South Wales Argus reports that Katelyn died at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales on Thursday, December 27, shortly after falling ill.
Rob Dawson, Director of Support at MRF said, “We are saddened to learn of the death of Katelyn and our thoughts and condolences go out to her family and friends. We’re here to help anyone affected by meningitis and septicaemia.
“Sadly we see more people affected by meningitis and septicaemia during winter, particularly around Christmas. 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.
“Teenagers are one of the higher risk age groups for meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal bacteria. 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.”
Anyone with questions or concerns can call the free MRF helpline on 080 8800 3344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.