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Tyrone GP’s warning after meningitis deaths

A TYRONE-based GP has said he is “absolutely concerned” after the tragic deaths of three people from meningitis and septicaemia across Ireland in recent weeks.
 
The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has reminded people on both sides of the border to be alert to the symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia, after the recent increase in meningococcal disease – the leading cause of meningitis in Ireland.
 
Castlederg GP, Dr Brendan O’Hare, urged anyone who is concerned that they may have the symptoms of meningitis to seek urgent medical advice.
 
“We have a very good vaccination programme in place that has lowered the risk. I wouldn’t have seen a case of meningitis for seven or eight years, but the last girl was brought in comatose and was very fortunate to survive without brain damage,” he said.
 
Describing the deaths as a reminder of the dangers of meningitis, the doctor said it was very hard to diagnose, as the initial symptoms were similar to a flu or a bad cold.
 
But he warned that it was “rapidly progressive” and early medical intervention could be life-saving. 
 
• Anyone with questions or concerns can call the free MRF helpline on 080 8800 3344, email helpline@meningitis.org, or visit the website at meningitis.org
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