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Meningitis fears after death of Antrim schoolgirl

By David Young

The death of a P1 pupil at an east Antrim primary school has sparked meningitis fears among worried parents.

The little girl, who has not been named, was buried last Monday. She attended Whitehead Primary School and it is understood she was from the local area.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) moved quickly to allay parents' fears. A spokesman said it had "no record of any suspected or confirmed cases of meningitis in the Whitehead area", adding that the Public Health Agency "would always be notified of any cases of meningitis, in accordance with national guidelines".

The PHA said there was no suggestion that any infection with public heath implications had been involved.

Parents contacted private medical group 3fivetwo Health Care to establish the availability of supplies of a vaccine not available through the NHS.

Information on meningitis symptoms can be found at: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/health-and-well-being/illnesses-and-conditions/illnesses/meningitis.htm

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