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

Yesterday, 09:00
East Harling Primary School

Parents whose children missed out on a place at their village primary school have been told a second reception class will be introduced to make room for them.

Fri, 17:46
There has been a fire at Archbishop Sancroft High School. Photograph Simon Parker

A Norfolk high school had to be briefly evacuated today after a fire broke out in some toilets.

Fri, 12:21
A previous Banham Zoo fun run.

People can run wild at Banham Zoo at the end of May by taking part in a popular annual event.

Fri, 09:33
Diss Carnival Submitted

Residents of Diss are being encouraged to flock to the town centre so they can enjoy the annual carnival and fun day.

Most Read

Yesterday, 22:17
Jeff Koons 



Caterpillar (2002), ARTIST ROOMS, 



Tate and National Galleries of Scotland et al. 
© Jeff Koons

He is seen as a megastar on the international art stage, the creator of playful and iconic work that sells for record-breaking sums, and his latest show is soon to open here in Norwich. Arts correspondent EMMA KNIGHTS finds out more about the Jeff Koons exhibition coming to Norwich Castle.

Read more
Norwich
Fri, 17:46
There has been a fire at Archbishop Sancroft High School. Photograph Simon Parker

A Norfolk high school had to be briefly evacuated today after a fire broke out in some toilets.

Read more
Harleston
Yesterday, 09:00
East Harling Primary School

Parents whose children missed out on a place at their village primary school have been told a second reception class will be introduced to make room for them.

Read more
Norfolk County Council
Fri, 09:33
Diss Carnival Submitted

Residents of Diss are being encouraged to flock to the town centre so they can enjoy the annual carnival and fun day.

Read more
Fri, 07:21
Police Officers. Picture: Ian Burt

The A1066 Thetford Road in South Lopham was closed in both directions in the early hours of this morning after an accident involving a lorry.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 9°C

Digital Edition

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