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MENINGITIS BOY ON MEND; School sents letter to parents.

Byline: CLAIRE STOKER Education Reporter

A SCHOOLBOY rushed to hospital with meningitis has come out of intensive care.

Ryan Wiffett, 10, a pupil at Moss Pits Junior School in Wavertree, has been watched over by his anxious parents since he was admitted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital early yesterday.

Letters have been sent out to all parents of pupils at the Woolton Road school informing them of the situation and telling them the school remains open.

A spokesman for Merseyside Health Authority said: "It is excellent news - it's a horrible disease and it's always nice when an individual has made such good progress. The boy was doing well yesterday and is doing very well today."

All the family and close contacts of Ryan are being treated with antibiotics to help kill meningococcal germs which can be carried in the nose and throat.

Dr Richard Jarvis, a consultant in communicable diseases control, said the health authority was awaiting test results before determining any future treatment for those who had been in close contact with Ryan.
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Date:Jan 10, 2002
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