The Department of Public Health is investigating a single case of confirmed meningococcal disease in County Mayo.

The case was brought to the attention of Public Health West that a teenager had meningococcal in early December.

The spread of the bacteria is caused by droplets from the nose and mouth, and occurs most commonly in young children and adolescents, usually as isolated cases.

 

Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Discomfort from bright light
  • Neck stiffness
  • Rash (Do NOT wait for a rash)

Symptoms in babies can vary and include:

  • Refuse feeds
  • Irritability
  • High-pitched cry
  • Stiff body or be floppy or unresponsive
  • Bulging soft spot on the top of their head

Public Health West has advised that if there is anybody with concern they should contact their GP immediately.

More information is available at https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/pcischedule/vpds/menb/

 

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