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#326942 - 9th Jun 2009 7:25pm Meningitis horror as Wirral two-year-old dies
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Meningitis horror as Wirral two-year-old dies


A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy has died from meningitis.

The toddler, who attended the Pitter Patter Nursery in Wallasey, died on Saturday after contracting the infection.

Today staff at the Warren Drive nursery said they were “devastated” by the toddler’s death.

The boy’s family and close contacts are being treated with antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

Parents at the nursery have been told about the death and given information on meningitis and its symptoms.

However, they have been reassured that it is safe for their children to continue to attend.

The Health Protection Agency said last night that the boy’s death appears to be a single isolated case, and no further action is necessary within the nursery.

It is understood the toddler was taken to hospital with symptoms, where he later died.

Dr Katy Elders, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with the HPA’s Cheshire and Merseyside Health Protection Unit, said: “This is a tragedy for the child and for the child’s family and our hearts go out to them.

“However, parents of children who attend the nursery should not be unduly concerned, although it is important for everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningococcal infection and be ready to take action whenever it is suspected.”

A spokeswoman for Pitter Patter Day Nursery said: “We have remained in contact with the parents and are working on our own tribute to the little boy.

“We have also been in full contact with the health agencies and Ofsted.

“Everyone is satisfied that there is no link to the nursery at all but we have all been devastated by his loss.”

For more information contact the Meningitis Trust on 0845-6000-800, ring NHS Direct on 0845-4647
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