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SA Dept: No viral meningitis outbreak registered in Cape despite social media reports

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The Western Cape Health Department has confirmed that an unusually large amount of meningitis cases was not registered at provincial schools in contrary to social media reports. No notification of the outbreak has been received either.

The locals started posting information about the pupils’ bad health state this week, claiming they were diagnosed with meningitis. The authorities alerted by numerous cases carried out an in-depth investigation but denied the outbreak publications thereafter. According to them, the statistics have not gone beyond seasonal exacerbation.

The department also urged the WC residents to remain wary and provide additional care measures in order to protect their children from dangerous decease.

“We encourage caregivers to ensure their children’s immunization status is up to date and to reduce the risk of infection to ensure children wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with an infected person. People who developed a temperature combined with a headache, stiff neck or nausea to visit their nearest clinic for assessment and treatment,” the Western Cape Health Department spokesperson, Mark van der Heever said.

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