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Sheffield schoolgirl dies of suspected meningitis

Hunters Bar Junior School is on Sharrow Vale Road and Junction Road in Sheffield Image copyright Google
Image caption Hunters Bar Junior School is on Sharrow Vale Road and Junction Road in Sheffield

A nine-year-old Sheffield girl has died of suspected meningitis.

Parents with children at Hunters Bar Junior School were sent a letter telling them a girl in Year 5 had died on Tuesday.

The letter said the probable cause was the meningococcal bacteria, which can cause meningitis.

Head teacher Jill Hallsworth said the child had a "beautiful personality... she was special and will be missed".

People likely to have been in closest contact with her have been identified and offered antibiotics.

Ms Hallsworth said: "We are all just so sad that a member of our school community has died but we are taking a lot of time to remember her beautiful personality.

"She was a genuinely good person and helped everyone she could. She was special and will be missed. Our thoughts are very much with the family at this difficult time."

A Sheffield City Council statement said: "We are working with the school community to support them during this difficult time and our deepest thoughts are with the child's family and loved ones."

Meningitis symptoms

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  • A high temperature and/or vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • A stiff neck, aching limbs and joints
  • A dislike of bright lights
  • Drowsiness and/or purple rash, which does not fade when pressed
  • In small babies, a refusal to feed, a high-pitched cry and swelling of the soft spot on top of the head

Source: Meningitis Now

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