Stoke & Staffordshire

Two Stoke-on-Trent children contract meningitis

Two children who attend a day nursery in Stoke-on-Trent have had meningitis, health bosses said.

Antibiotics and advice are being offered to parents, children and staff at Meir Park Day Nursery.

Both children contracted group B meningococcal meningitis, a common strain for which vaccines are not available, health experts said.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) said there is a small risk other children could develop a similar disease.

Purple rash

The HPA said the two children had contracted meningitis in "recent weeks" and both are recovering at home.

Dr Robert Carr said there are several strains of the illness, with babies routinely vaccinated against one strain, but not for the commonest strain as there is no vaccine available.

"It is therefore important for al parents to be aware of the symptoms that could be caused by meningococcal disease," he said.

Parents should look out for a high temperature, severe headache, dislike of bright lights and a purple rash which does not fade if pressed.

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