Meningitis warning as girl dies, another critical

GPs are asking parents to be vigilant for signs and symptoms of meningitis after the death of a young girl in the last 24 hours.

Another girl, believed to be a relation, is in a critical condition in hospital. Both are under 12 years of age and from Navan in Co Meath.

HSE public health staff are liaising with a primary school and with the extended family. Antibiotics have been issued where appropriate.

GPs asked parents to be vigilant and said if their child had even one of the signs or symptoms, to seek immediate medical advice.

Dr John O’Brien, GP and vice-president of the Irish College of General Practitioners, said: “Our advice to parents and families in the area is to look out for symptoms such as high fever, lethargy or a rash in their child. If your child has even minor symptoms, or if they are a cause of concern, go to your GP for advice.

“However, if your child has no symptoms, please don’t come to your GP for a check-up. The chances of other children who came in contact with a child with meningitis being infected is very low.”

Confirming the two cases, a HSE spokesperson said: “The cases were reported to the Department of Public Health, HSE North East, and concern two children under 12 who were hospitalised, one of whom subsequently died.”


The reality TV star was a polarising character demonised by the very machine that helped create her and we all played a part in her fall from grace, writes Lindsay WoodsThe Jade Goody effect: Her lasting legacy is an increase in cervical screenings

Everyone knows there’s no chance of the Government reaching its target that such cars should make up 10% of all vehicles.Progress at snail’s pace

‘Grey’s Elegy’ does in verse what cow painters do in oils. ‘The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea ... And leaves the world to darkness and to me.’Monomaniacs herald the ruin of English nation

Kedge Island is unpopulated but is home to a myriad of seabirds.Islands of Ireland: Living on the Kedge

More From The Irish Examiner