Meningitis scare hits two family members

Tebogo Monama

Tebogo Monama

An Eldorado Park family has had a second meningitis scare in less than a week.

On Thursday Ashwin Naidoo, 15, of Willow Crescent Secondary School, was admitted to Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital after a fellow pupil died of the disease.

When Ashwin was released from hospital on Saturday, his sister, Asha, 13, was admitted.

"She goes to the same school as her brother. Doctors told us that one of the symptoms for meningitis was a rash. She has developed a bad rash and this is not the time to take chances.

"We took her to hospital and we are currently waiting for blood test results," said their sister Anita Naidoo.

Last week, Ashwin, Ghyroonasha Bartis and Fadila Caster from Kliptown High School were admitted to hospital after Shalida de Villiers died of meningitis.

Gauteng health department's doctor Chika Asomugha yesterday said all the people feared to have the killer bug were released from hospital. There were no reports of new cases.

Asomugha said despite the three deaths reported at the schools, there was no crisis. Three weeks ago a 15-year-old pupil died at Mondeor High School and a second pupil succumbed to the disease at Emaweni Primary School in Soweto.

Lucille Bloomberg from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, said 400 cases of meningitis are reported yearly in the country between June and October.