Donegal doctor says HSE investigating meningitis cases

Donegal GP Dr Denis McCauley says public health teams are now working through close contacts of three confirmed cases of bacterial meningitis – two of which were fatal.

One more report is not confirmed, but has been classed as a ‘possible’ case of the disease.

Three of the patients are young adults and the other is a child under 10 years old – all are from different areas of Ireland with no links.

Bacterial meningitis is a serious illness that involves the inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord – it requires urgent antibiotic treatment.