Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, is advising members of the public to be extra vigilant following a nationwide increase in meningococcal meningitis cases in recent days.
“Eleven cases of the disease have been recorded since the start of 2019. I am saddened to hear that three people have died directly from meningitis-related illnesses. I am calling for members of the public to be extra vigilant of the symptoms and to seek urgent medical assistance if these are detected.
“The HSE are advising people that early symptoms include: fever, headache, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle pain, stomach cramps, fever with cold hands and feet and a rash. Do not wait for a rash to appear if you are suffering from any of these symptoms – as these can occur together and in any order.
“Furthermore, I am advising all parents to examine their children’s medical records to ensure that their children have received all necessary vaccinations to combat this deadly disease. Please get in touch with your local GP if you have any queries or concerns.”