Brighton child dies of meningitis

Posted On 10 Apr 2015 at 10:15 am

A child from Brighton has died of meningitis.

Public Health England said this morning a child has died of presumed meningococcal septicaemia. 

A spokeswoman said: “This is seldom transmitted from person to person. 

“Only close household contacts need antibiotics as a precaution against an extremely low risk of the contacts transmitting the disease to anyone else. 

“The child’s immediate household contacts have received these. Nobody else needs to receive antibiotics. 

“Letters and information about the disease have been sent by the child’s school to other parents, informing them of the death and reassuring them that no further public health action is needed. 

“Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time.

For support contact the charity: Meningitis Now helpline 0808 80 10 388.”

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