Toddlers treated for meningitis in Leicestershire

Children have been given antibiotics after one confirmed and one suspected case of meningitis at a Leicestershire nursery.

The confirmed case, a three-year-old girl, was treated in hospital and is now back home.

The other suspected case, a three-year-old boy, is still in hospital.

As a precaution, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is offering antibiotics to all children and staff at the Handkerchief Nursery in Kegworth.

Chloe Leggett, from the HPA in Leicestershire, said both children have responded well to treatment.

"There was a little girl diagnosed with meningitis last week at the Queen's Medical Centre and that on its own isn't unusual.

"What alerted us was a second probable case diagnosed yesterday at the Royal Derby Hospital and that made us think that some action needed to be taken."

She said parents should not be alarmed but be vigilant to spot symptoms of meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by infection with a bacterium or virus.

Symptoms include stiffness, nausea, drowsiness and high fever.

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