Expatica news

Four-year-old admitted with meningitis

12 June 2007

GHENT – A four-year-old girl from Ghent has been admitted to hospital with bacterial meningitis. Het Nieuws on VTM reported this on Monday evening. The child is doing well, said Ria Vandenreyt, spokesperson for the Flemish Health and Care Agency.

The pre-schooler showed the first symptoms of the disease on Saturday evening and was quickly admitted to hospital. “It is indeed the bacterial form of meningitis. The girl was quickly administered antibiotics and is doing well at the moment,” Vandenreyt said.

The girl attends school at the Nieuwen Bosch in Ghent. “The child’s school has been notified and her classmates are being administered antibiotics as a preventative measure. The parents of the other children have also been informed of the symptoms. Since action was taken so quickly, there is no reason for panic.”

Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. If not treated in time, it can cause brain damage and even death.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news