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14th Jan 2019

UPDATE: HSE confirm they are investigating a twelfth possible case of meningitis

Amy Nolan

It is believed that the cases are not linked.

Last week the HSE urged people to be vigilant as 11 cases of meningitis had broken out over the course of just a few weeks.

Three fatalities occurred as a direct result of the infection and parents were asked to ensure that their child is fully vaccinated.

The Health Service Executive has today confirmed that they are investigating a possible twelfth case of meningitis, according to The Irish Independent.

The cases are not believed to be connected:

“This is not an outbreak, but reflects the known increased incidence of meningococcal disease in winter and early spring.

“Among the eleven cases, different age groups were affected, different strains were reported (B,C,W,Y), different regions of the country reported the cases and there were no links found between the cases.”

“Sadly, three of the cases have died; none was caused by meningococcal strains that are covered by the vaccines in the national childhood programme -the strains were not B or C.”

The public is now demanding that the government extends the vaccine to protect against the B strain to older children under the HSE’s free scheme.

Parents are being warned that if children exhibit any of the symptoms of meningitis to seek medical attention immediately and do not wait for a rash to develop.

For further information on meningitis, visit the HSE’s website.