Headteacher of Honley High School, Paul Greenough, has sent a letter to parents informing them that two students have contracted the disease, and a third is undergoing tests for suspected meningitis.
The school has been quick to act - conducting a risk assessment and liaising with Public Health England, who advised that a ‘’single dose of antibiotics’’ should be offered to all students in year 11.
This course of action has been described as a ‘precautionary
measure’, with the letter to parents further explaining, “We want to reassure
you that meningitis/septicaemia caused by the meningococcal bacteria does not
pass very easily from person to person (close contact is needed).
“There is no need for people to stay away from study or for the school to close.”
Dr Tom Nutt, CEO of Meningitis Now, said, “We are saddened to learn of these cases at Honley High School, and extend our thoughts and best wishes to the individuals affected and their families”.
“Meningitis is a relatively rare disease - we urge parents and students at the school not to panic. Learning the signs and symptoms of the disease, is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your loved ones against meningitis.”
Common signs and symptoms of meningitis include fever, vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, severe muscle pain, severe headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, convulsions/seizures, pale / blotchy skin, spots / rash.
If you suspect meningitis seek medical help immediately.
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