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Calm urged after child's meningitis death in Surrey 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Meningitus. (SHUTTERSTOCK)

Meningitus. (SHUTTERSTOCK)

Fraser Health says a “tragic” case of a child dying from meningitis over the weekend is not an indication public health measures need to be taken.

The death of a kindergarten student at Surrey’s Sullivan Elementary was not caused by the more contagious meningococcal meningitis, Fraser Health said.

“We understand that parents, friends and others in the community may have concerns for their own health and the health of their children and families,” Fraser Health said in a release. “We do not anticipate there will be any further cases and will keep in close contact with the school health officer to monitor the situation.”

The release said those with symptoms of the illness should go to the hospital immediately.

Symptoms include fever, intense headaches, nausea, vomiting and a stiff neck among others.

The health authority said bacterial meningitis has become rare in the province due to vaccines available through routine childhood immunization schedules.

It said anyone interested in more information about the illness should call Healthlink BC by dialing 811.



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