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Parents warned over meningitis

With millions of children and students preparing to return to school in England and Wales, and with children already back in Scotland, doctors and campaigners are warning parents of a spike in cases of the potentially killer disease.

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Who gets Meningitis ?

In 2009/10 there were 896 cases of meningococcal disease confirmed in England and Wales. 785 of these cases were confirmed as Group B and only 17 as Group C. It's not known why some people became ill while others remained symptomless 'carriers' of the bacteria.

  • Disease can occur at any age. However, most cases occur in children under four.
  • The next highest incidence is recorded for teenagers between 15 and 19 years of age
  • Most cases occur without any connection to other cases (sporadic cases), sometimes two or more cases are connected by those affected having close contact.

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