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Western Cape Health confirms four new cases of meningitis

The cases bring the total number of people hospitalised due to meningitis to 34 since December.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Department of Health has confirmed four new cases of enteroviral meningitis have been reported in Mossel Bay.

The department’s communicable diseases unit has been dispatched to the area to respond to the outbreak.

It believes the disease has been contained to the Garden Route town.

The new cases, reported yesterday, bring the total number of people hospitalised due to enteroviral meningitis to 34 since December.

Provincial health’s Mark Van Der Heever says 33 of the patients are children younger than 12 and the other is a 34-year-old man.

“As they are in a hospital, they are in an isolated area being attended to. Our response team is activated to do contact tracing with the people they came in contact with.”

The department says this meningitis is not the bacterial kind, which is more lethal.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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