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Schoolboy 'dies of meningitis'

Health officials are reassuring parents following the death of a schoolboy after he contracted meningitis.

The boy, from the Brighton area, is understood to have died this week.

A Public Health England (PHE) spokeswoman said only those who had come into immediate contact with the child would be at risk and letters explaining this have been sent to parents at the school.

"Public Health England can confirm that a child from the Brighton area has sadly died of presumed meningococcal septicaemia," she said.

"This is seldom transmitted from person to person.

"Only close household contacts need antibiotics as a precaution against an extremely low risk of the contacts transmitting the disease to anyone else.

"The child's immediate household contacts have received these.

"Nobody else needs to receive antibiotics.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time."

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