Student from Northampton school hospitalised with suspected meningitis

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Children have been sent home from a Northampton school with letters from Public Health England after a fellow student was hospitalised with suspected meningitis.

The students at Northampton School for Boys were given the letters this afternoon (Friday).

The letters – from the public health protection team at Public Health England East Midlands – state a child from the school is in hospital with ‘probable’ meningococcal septicaemia, it adds there is no need to alter the routine of the other students or keep them at home.

The letter does include examples of the potential symptoms of the infection, but adds the chance of there being another case at the school is ‘very small’.

The bacteria does not spread easily and the letter adds all those that have had enough contact to be at potential risk have been given antibiotics as a precaution.