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Meningitis warning.

PARENTS of children at a school in Aberystwyth have been urged to check their children for the warning signs of meningitis after a pupil was diagnosed with the illness.

Public Health Wales (PHW), which has confirmed the case, wrote to parents of pupils at St Padarn's Primary School in Llanbadarn Road.

A Ceredigion council spokesman said: "In instances such as these, Ceredigion County Council relies on the expertise of colleagues within Public Health Wales on the course of action to be taken to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of the disease.

"We understand that in this instance letters have been sent to parents of the school to raise awareness."

According to the Meningitis Trust, children under five are most at risk from the illness and meningococcal septicaemia, with teenagers and young adults aged between 16 and 25 being the next at-risk group.

The number of cases of meningitis in Wales has fallen in the last decade, with 38 cases confirmed in 2012, compared to 96 in 2002. In 2000, a total of 181 cases were recorded.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Sep 26, 2013
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