A Wanganui Collegiate student is in a serious but stable
condition in Wanganui Hospital with bacterial meningitis.
The girl was taken to hospital yesterday with what is the
region's first case of meningococcal disease this year.
Whanganui's medical officer of health, Patrick O'Connor, said
in response to the girl's illness, antibiotics had been given
to nine close contacts locally, and Taranaki Public Health
were giving antibiotics today to a further 10 contacts in
Mr O'Connor also said parents of Wanganui Collegiate students
had been informed about the girl's illness.
- The Wanganui Chronicle