More meningitis outbreak fears

2012-06-01 22:41

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - Pupils and teachers at three North West schools have been treated for possible meningitis, the provincial health department said on Friday.

Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said in a statement: "Outbreak response teams have been dispatched to curb the possible outbreak."

He said 1 200 pupils, 36 teachers and 10 catering staff members had been treated following a confirmed meningitis death at a local school.

"Twenty family members of the child who had died had also been treated."

Two other children with suspected meningitis had died in the village in the past month.

"Six more learners were referred to hospital with signs of meningitis."

Lekgethwane said the response team would work throughout the weekend.

"Meningitis is a disease caused by the inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord," he said.

Lekgethwane said the inflammation was usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis could develop in response to a number of causes, usually bacteria, viruses and fungal infections.

The severity of the illness and the treatment for meningitis differed, depending on the cause.

"Symptoms can appear in any order, but the first symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, sensitivity to light, a stiff neck, headaches and feeling unwell - just like many mild illnesses," said Lekgethwane.




- SAPA

Read more on:    mahikeng  |  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
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Kuils River - 12:48 PM
    Road name: R102 Van Riebeeck Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Nooiensfontein Road
  • Tuesday Belhar - 12:12 PM
    Road name: Stellenbosch Arterial Road
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Symphony Way
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Torch 9810

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 gives you the powerful combination of...

From R2740.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come up to alert you of your security needs. It may be that you need to create a better structure for your finances...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.