Doctors downplay Cape Town meningitis fears

2013-09-27 20:46
(File)

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Rumours of bacterial meningitis deaths in various Cape Town suburbs have been refuted by doctors in the province.

Parents from Sun Valley have been phoning local doctors in a panic after it was rumoured that an 8-year-old boy died on Wednesday from bacterial meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by either bacterial or viral infection.

In a post on its blog on Friday, Sun Valley Group of Schools principal Gavin Keller said that Simon Waldall died from Group B streptococcal infection.

Mediclinic Southern Africa stated that the 8-year-old didn't die of bacterial meningitis.

Rumours that a 4-year-old from nearby Kommetjie died from the disease have also been found to be untrue.

The Western Cape health department said a diagnosis of streptococcus pyogenic meningitis had been made for one of the two boys.

This type of meningitis does not spread and does not have the same public health implications and response as meningococcal disease which is the most easily spread and fatal of the bacterial meningitis.

“A total of 37 meningococcal diseases cases [clinical and/or laboratory confirmed] were notified to the local health authorities. It has not been clustered in one specific area,” the department’s Faiza Steyn told News24.

It's also been rumoured that a Sacs pupil also died from the disease but this was unconfirmed.

Keller said parents of children who were in contact with Simon should get an antibiotic such Amoxill. Or an alternative if they are allergic to penicillin.
 
Meningococcal diseases occurs throughout the year, but the incidence is highest in the late winter and early spring, said Steyn.


- Follow Lauren on Twitter
 

- Do you know someone who might have recently contracted bacterial meningitis? Send us your eyewitness accounts

- News24
Read more on:    cape town  |  health
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Movies

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something is blocking the flow of things today and it is easy to become frustrated and pessimistic. The problem is that your mind...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.