More meningitis outbreak fears

2012-06-01 22:41

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.

  • felican - 2012-06-02 09:04

    It is also caused by unhygienic standards of lving and contamination from one to another as is contagious as well...

  • Michael - 2012-06-02 09:25

    This vital information just in from the Ministry Of Health - "Cough Less"

  • John - 2012-06-02 09:56

    Who the H* is Tebogo Lekgethwane ? Why the words of Tebogo are matching perfectly the following publication?

  • malusi.mtetwa - 2012-06-02 10:41

    Interesting article...educative.

  • Alicia Datnow - 2013-03-30 22:25

    Dont be fooled in thinking it can be caused by unhygienic standards of living. My 6 yr old son attends a private school and has never been ill until he contracted a virus on the 19th January this year. 5 Days later his fever broke and he was well enough to go back to school the next day. 2 days later we rushed him to hospital as he started having seizures. The virus he had contracted caused viral meningitis. The virus spread to his brain and he got encephalitis which caused the seizures. After a week of hell, having had MRI, cat scan, three lots of EEG's, blood tests, ECG and Lumbar punch and more seizures he has now developed Epilepsy from the meningitis and encephalitis. He is on 2 lots of anti seizure meds daily for the next year until they can safely say that his brain has healed and that he wont be having more seizures. I have 4 boys aged 16, 11, 6 and one and never have we had any illness other than the odd cold. My 6 yr old contracted meningitis out of nowhere. No one in his class, school or close circle of friends were ill or had it. Dont be fooled in thinking it only happens to unhygienic people! When it comes to hygiene and cleanliness, I win hands down! So far he is responding well on the meds after an increase in the dosage. No seizures again so far. He has to be watched 24/7, cannot be left alone, go to bathroom alone, etc etc. as the seizures can happen any time. If your child shows any signs of cold or flu, rather take them to see a dr asap!

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