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Meningitis B Outbreak at Abbey Community College: HSE Intervenes

Two confirmed cases of Meningitis B at Abbey Community College have led to the HSE providing antibiotic treatment and urging parents to ensure their children are fully vaccinated. Stay informed about the symptoms and preventative measures taken.

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Meningitis B Outbreak at Abbey Community College: HSE Intervenes

Meningitis B Outbreak at Abbey Community College: HSE Intervenes

A sudden outbreak of Meningitis B at Abbey Community College in Boyle, County Roscommon, has left the community reeling. With two confirmed cases and another probable instance under investigation, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is taking swift action to prevent further spread.

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Unexpected Meningitis B Outbreak

Parents of students at Abbey Community College were informed on Monday, February 13, about the unsettling news. During this mid-term break, the school remains closed, providing the HSE an opportunity to step in and address the situation.

HSE Intervention and Preventative Measures

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On February 15, the Health Service Executive will visit the college to offer preventative antibiotic treatment to all students and staff. In addition, parents are strongly urged to ensure their children are fully vaccinated according to the National Immunisation Programme.

Recognizing the Symptoms

As the community braces itself, it's crucial to be aware of the symptoms of Meningitis B. Early recognition can make a significant difference in the outcome. These symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Shivering
  • Dislike of bright lights
  • Headache and neck stiffness
  • Pain or body stiffness
  • Tummy symptoms
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness and irritability
  • Pale or bluish skin
  • Unusual breathing
  • Seizures
  • A rash that does not fade when pressed with a glass tumbler

As the HSE works diligently to control the outbreak, the people of Boyle stand together in support of the affected families and hope for the rapid recovery of those in its grip. The community's strength and unity will undoubtedly play a vital role in overcoming this challenging time.

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