Medical advice re-illnesses in school

We have contacted Public Health England with regards two boys who have been taken ill this week. This is their advice.

Public Health England is aware that two children from our school have been admitted to hospital recently with symptoms of meningitis.

At this stage there is no evidence to suggest that this is due to bacterial infection. Meningococcal (bacterial) infection is rare and does NOT spread easily from person to person. The germ that causes meningococcal disease is passed from person to person in droplets from the mouth and nose. However, the germ is very fragile, and dies rapidly outside the body. This means that very close contact is necessary before there is a risk of becoming infected.

As always, it’s crucial that we all stay alert to signs and symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, and seek urgent medical help if concerned.

Symptoms can include:

  • a high temperature
  • vomiting
  • severe headache
  • a stiff neck,
  • aching limbs and joints
  • a dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness a purple rash which does not fade when pressed in small babies,
  • a refusal to feed and a high pitched cry.

Further advice and information about meningitis is available at www.nhs.uk or NHS 111. Or from the Meningitis Research Foundation and Meningitis Now