Meningitis case confirmed St Padarn's school, Aberystwyth

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A pupil at an Aberystwyth primary school has been diagnosed with meningitis, says Public Health Wales (PHW).

A letter from PHW has been distributed to parents at St Padarn's school in Llanbadarn Road.

Confirming the case, PHW urged parents to check their children for the warning signs of meningitis.

Symptoms include fever, cold hands and feet, stiff neck, vomiting, a severe headache and dislike of bright lights.

Meningitis

  • Meningitis is an infection of the meninges - the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
  • Meningococcal bacteria are common and carried harmlessly in the nose or throat by about 1 in 10 people.
  • They are passed on through close contact.
  • Anyone can get meningitis but babies and young children are most vulnerable.
  • Symptoms include a high fever with cold hands and feet, agitation, confusion, vomiting and headaches.

According to the Meningitis Trust, children under five are most at risk from the illness and meningococcal septicaemia, with teenagers and young adults aged between 16 and 25 being the next at risk group.

A Ceredigion council spokesman said: "In instances such as these, Ceredigion County Council relies on the expertise of colleagues within Public Health Wales on the course of action to be taken to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease.

"We understand that in this instance letters have been sent to parents of the school concerned to raise awareness."

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