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STATEMENT FROM NHS GREATER GLASGOW ON CONFIRMED AND SUSPECTED MENINGOCOCCAL CASES

September 21, 2005 12:00 PM

The Public Health Protection Unit of NHS Greater Glasgow is investigating one confirmed and one suspected case of meningococcal meningitis.

A four-year-old girl and a two-year-old girl are both recovering in hospital.

Close family contacts of both children have been treated with antibiotics and letters containing information and advice are being sent out to the parents of children at one nursery and two mother and toddler groups.

Anyone looking for more information should contact on 0141 201 4429..

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

What is meningococcal infection?

Meningococcal infection can present as meningitis, septicaemia (blood poisoning) or both.

Meningococcal septicaemia occurs when the meningococcus germ enters the blood stream and multiplies.It can cause a range of complications including brain damage, damage to joints, loss of blood supply to skin and limbs or the release of toxins that can cause vital organs to fail.In very serious cases, particularly if treatment is delayed, it can cause death.

Meningococcal meningitis is an inflammation of the outer covering of the brain and spinal cord caused by the meningococcus germ.Although it is fortunately uncommon, it is serious in that the germ rapidly multiplies in the space around the central nervous system and can damage the brain and nerves and cause death if not treated immediately.The prognosis is slightly better than with meningococcal septicaemia.

Is the meningococcal infection treatable?

Yes, very much so.The meningococcus germ responds readily to antibiotics.The mainstay of good practice is early recognition and treatment.

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