Meningitis case reported in Axminster

PUBLISHED: 07:56 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 15 June 2010

SCHOOLS in the Axe Valley are on alert after a child was taken to hospital with meningitis.

SCHOOLS in the Axe Valley are on alert after a child was taken to hospital with meningitis.The boy, from Axminster, is said to be recovering from the meningicoccal strain of the virus.His mother has asked the Herald not to name him.Staff at All Saints, Axminster Community and Seaton primary schools said they heard the news on the 'grapevine' and were taking precautions.Seaton Primary School's headteacher Alan Simpson said: "We heard there was a case of meningitis in the Axminster area and we've been informed. All who needed to know have been informed and no further action needs to be taken."Lawrence Knight, of the Health Protection Agency, said: "Meningitis cases are not that uncommon in Devon. "When there's a case of a school age child with meningitis it's common practice to work with the family involved and identify any close contact and who may be at risk. "We make sure those at risk are given antibiotics to reduce the risk of it spreading. "It's also an opportunity to remind people of the signs and symptoms."Your Herald supported The Meningitis Trust at Exmouth Carnival, held last weekend.Sub-editor Dave Somerton-Rees was fund-raising for the charity, wearing a duck outfit! His elder son, William, three, survived the same strain of meningitis 18 months ago.Spotting the symptoms of meningitis quickly is very important.For a full sympton check and for further information about the potentially deadly virus, visit or call the Meningitis Trust helpline on 0800 028 828.

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