Longford parents urged to be aware of symptoms of meningitis following death of young girl
The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is urging Longford parents to be aware of the symptoms of meningitis following the death of a young girl.
MRF said it was saddened to hear of the death of a young girl from Navan to suspected meningitis and her cousin being hospitalised with suspected meningitis.
Monika Marchlewicz, Ireland Manager MRF, added, "We would like to offer our sincere condolences to her family and friends; our thoughts are with them at this extremely difficult time and we are here for them if they would like any support."
Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It shares many of the symptoms of other, more common, everyday illnesses such as the flu or even a hangover.
Ms Marchlewicz added, "As a result it is vital that people are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of the disease, particularly the symptoms that are more unique to meningitis."
Because meningitis develops so quickly, it can be a particularly devastating disease for those affected. It can also have a resounding effect on the surrounding community.
Ms Marchlewicz outlined, "Parents should be reassured that most cases of meningitis and septicaemia are isolated. The bacteria that can cause the disease cannot live longer than a few moments outside the human body, so they are not carried on things like clothes or toys. People usually need to be in close or prolonged contact for the bacteria to pass between them. Even when this happens, most people do not become ill because they have natural immunity."
The Meningitis Research Foundation supports people affected by this disease through in depth information and support.
Ms Marchlewicz concluded, "We want to make the public aware of the symptoms of meningitis so if anyone would like any further information or feels that they could benefit from talking to someone , please call our Free Helpline on 1800 41 33 44, our Dublin office on 01 819 69 31 or visit our website www.meningitis.org