Health officials in Wales have announced the death of a Wrexham, North Wales teen from meningococcal septicemia. Dr Chris Whiteside, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control, Public Health Wales said, “Public Health Wales can confirm that a teenager has died after receiving hospital treatment in Wrexham for meningococcal septicemia.

Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström
Meningitis symptoms/Public domain image/Mikael Häggström

“All close contacts have been identified and those requiring preventative medication have been treated.

“There is no wider public health risk and no other individuals will require treatment.

“Public Health Wales will not release the names of patients and would ask that the privacy of the family concerned is respected.

“Meningococcal disease can affect anyone at any time and it is therefore important to be aware of the symptoms, which can include headache, fever, drowsiness, vomiting, neck stiffness and possibly a red rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass tumbler.”

Meningitis is infection of the meninges, the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a variety of different organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
In the UK, the most common cause of bacterial meningitis is infection with the meningococcal bacteria. There are five main groups – A, B, C, W135 and Y of which only B and C are commonly seen in the UK.