Search

Wymondham nursery on alert after child struck down with meningitis

18:51 27 April 2012

The Mulberry Bush Day Nursery in a former chapel at Wymondham.

The Mulberry Bush Day Nursery in a former chapel at Wymondham.

©Archant Photographic 2009

Parents have been reassured their children are not at increased risk of contracting meningitis after a youngster a Norfolk nursery was struck down by the disease.

The child, who attends Mulberry Bush Day Nursery, in Wymondham, was taken to hospital on Wednesday after falling ill with suspected bacterial meningitis, while relations of another child at the same nursery have been struck down by the viral form of the disease.

Jo Billham, co-owner of Mulberry Bush, in Norwich Common, said the nursery was still open as usual from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and staff were being advised by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on measures to prevent any chance of the disease spreading, although the nursery’s existing health and safety measures were robust. Both the HPA and nursery have sent letters to parents to reassure them their children were not at increased risk because of the case and could still attend the nursery as usual.

She said the two children with viral meningitis did not themselves attend the nursery, but were related to one of the children who did.

“The information we have been given by the HPA is that the nursery does not need to take any action. The majority of the parents have been very supportive and have been asking how the child is,” she added.

Meningitis is an illness that causes the tissues around the brain and the spinal cord to swell up. The bacterial form is most commonly caused by meningococcus, which can be found in the nose and throat of between 10 and 20pc of people at any one time. The bacterial form is spread through close contact with others and needs treatment with antibiotics, while the viral form is less serious and not helped by antibiotics.

0 comments

Other news

Plans have been put forward for fields off Cuffer Lane, near Moat Lane and Saint Martins Gardens in New Buckenham for housing.

The character of a Norfolk village, which is an early example of a medieval planned town, could be under threat if a new housing estate is built, according to residents.

Yesterday, 22:27
Vote counting takes place at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich after the ballot boxes arrived in a fleet of cars.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Here’s how the night and early morning unfolded as Britain voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum.

Yesterday, 12:30
Dickleburgh Stores and Post Office reopens after the extensive renovation and refurbishment of the original store. l-r: Post office counter assistant Claire Edmeades, manager Callum Langstaff and Owner, Mike Humphreys.

A south Norfolk shop has reopened after having extensive refurbishment work done on both the inside and outside.

Yesterday, 11:30
Gissing Church has a rare example of an Angel Roof, the church is dire need of renovations after part of the outside wall developed cracks which could lead to collapse. The Friends of Gissing Church, Church Wardens, Parish council and villagers are coming together to raise money for the work needed to preserve the ancient building.

A south Norfolk church has received a funding boost after it was given a grant by the National Churches Trust.

Most Read

Yesterday, 22:27
Vote counting takes place at St Andrew's Hall, Norwich after the ballot boxes arrived in a fleet of cars.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Here’s how the night and early morning unfolded as Britain voted to leave the EU in a historic referendum.

Read more
European Union
Yesterday, 09:23
James Mack, eight, and his dad Chris, delighted that the council has said they can keep their treehouse in their garden at Harleston. James and Chris on the first floor. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A father is celebrating after the treehouse he built for his son was spared from being pulled down.

Read more
Joe Mooney
Plans have been put forward for fields off Cuffer Lane, near Moat Lane and Saint Martins Gardens in New Buckenham for housing.

The character of a Norfolk village, which is an early example of a medieval planned town, could be under threat if a new housing estate is built, according to residents.

Read more
United Kingdom
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Paul Riches, ready for the cycle auction at the UEA, with help from Ken Darkins, left, in aid of Nelson's Journey and EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Thousands of unwanted and broken bikes are left unused in garages or discarded across Norfolk. But a Swardeston mechanic has devoted years to ensure that they are recycled back into use - and has raised £50,000 for charity while doing so.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:21
James Duncan captivated with the penguins at Penguin Cove at Banham Zoo.

Banham Zoo’s Penguin Cove has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Read more
Martin Goymour

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 22°C

min temp: 14°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up