Meningitis makes a new victim. A 14-year-old boy died in the Rhône, following a devastating type C meningococcal infection.
Meningitis again responsible for a tragedy. A 14-year-old boy died on Thursday following an invasive meningococcal group C infection. Schooled in a college in the town of Arbresle, in the Rhône, the young boy began to feel the symptoms during the day.
His case was quickly reported to the ARS Rhône-Alpes and the patient was hospitalized in emergency, but the doctors could not save him, and he died at the end of the day.
Meningitis is a disease that is transmitted by droplets of saliva, between individuals, in direct, close and prolonged contact. For this reason, all relatives of the boy have been identified. They have since received preventive antibiotic treatment.
This is not the first time this year that the Rhône-Alpes region has been affected by meningitis. In October 2015, two cases were reported in nursery schools, one in Arbresle already, the other in a neighboring town, Saint-Pierre-la-Palud.
One of the two children also had a group C meningococcal infection. A young student also died in Lyon on October 4, 2015, following type B meningococcal meningitis.
Faced with this tragedy, the ARS reaffirms the importance of vaccination, in order to fight effectively against the disease, preventive antibiotic treatments not replacing vaccines.
In accordance with the recommendations of the High Council for Public Health, issued since 2010, it therefore recommends vaccination against type C meningococci for all people aged 12 months to 24 years. The inhabitants of the municipalities concerned are invited to be vaccinated as a priority.
For this, the ARS is counting on the support of doctors, pharmacists but also of maternal and child protection in these small towns, to make parents aware of the importance of these vaccines.