A Birmingham school pupil has been struck down with meningitis and two others are suspected of having the potentially killer virus after returning from a trip to Germany.
The pupils are aged 11 and 12 and from The Coleshill School in Coventry Road, Coleshill,
All three year seven pupils are in hospital. One has been confirmed as having meningococcal meningitis and the others are suspected of having it.
The rest of their class at the specialist maths and computing college have received precautionary check-ups and treatment.
A spokeswoman for the Health Protection Agency said: “The HPA and NHS Warwickshire have been informed that three pupils at The Coleshill School have been admitted to hospital, two with suspected meningococcal meningitis and one confirmed.
“The HPA is working with the school to trace close contacts to ensure they receive antibiotics.
“Close family members of the cases have also been prescribed with antibiotics. In addition, the school is sending out letters to all parents of children at the school with information on meningitis.
“The HPA and Warwickshire County Council would like to reassure parents and staff at the school that no special precautions are necessary and the school can carry on as normal.”
Headteacher Catherine Kearney said: “All I can say is that three of our pupils have been taken to hospital with suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis.
“We are and have been working very closely with the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and have informed parents and have sent information home with pupils.
“As a school, we have done everything we can to facilitate the work of the HPA.”
The spokeswoman for the HPA added that anyone experiencing the symptoms below should consult with a GP.
Meningitis Research Foundation 080 8800 3344 or www.hpa.org.uk.
• A high temperature and /or vomiting
• Severe headache
• A stiff neck, aching limbs and joints
• A dislike of bright lights
• Drowsiness and /or purple rash, which does not fade when pressed
• In small babies, a refusal to feed and a high pitched cry.