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Forres Academy pupil has suspected Meningitis
Written byTanya McLaren
NHS Grampian have confirmed that a pupil from Forres Academy is in hospital with a suspected case of Meningitis.
Parents at the school received a letter before the end of the mid term break informing them of the situation.
A Moray Council spokesperson said that parents were informed on the Tuesday before the long weekend break.
"Pupils at the academy were given a letter from NHS Grampian to take home to their parents on February 12," said the spokesperson.
The letter said there was a suspected case of meningococcal infection at the school and simply explains what meningitis is and what symptoms to look out for.
An NHS spokesperson said: "NHS Grampian can confirm that a child from Moray has been admitted to hospital with suspected meningococcal infection."
The spokesperson further explained: "NHS Grampian’s Health Protection Team is carrying out all the normal, routine procedures. Close contacts are being traced and given antibiotics where appropriate."
"There are no other linked cases."
Meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. Viral meningitis is the most common form, usually caused by virus such as enteroviruses, mumps, glandular fever, herpes simplex virus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV). Bacterial meningitis is less common but more serious and without treatment is potentially life-threatening. The bacteria that cause meningitis can also cause septicaemia (blood poisoning).
The bacteria that cause meningococcal and pneumococcal meningitis can be spread via close contact with other people and there is a risk of outbreaks of bacterial meningitis in places where large groups of people live together, such as at colleges or universities.
The initial symptoms of meningitis can be similar to the symptoms of flu, including headache, fever (high body temperature), tiredness and irritability and general feeling of being unwell. People might also experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and other symptoms such as a sore throat.
People with mild cases of viral meningitis might only experience these flu-like symptoms before they begin to recover.
After the initial symptoms, in more serious cases of meningitis people might experience: severe headache, a rash of either small red / purple spots or large purple / black bruises that does not whiten or disappear when pressed (a simple test is to press a glass against the rash), sensitivity to bright light, neck stiffness,confusion, drowsiness and seizures.
Contact your doctor or NHS 24 for more information.
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