MENINGITIS killed five-year-old Ellie-Jo Ellesmere just four days after she started feeling ill.
A funeral service was held for Ellie-Jo, of Ellesmere Port, last Wednesday (March 31) after she died suddenly from the illness at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital on Friday, March 19.
Ellie-Jo attended Cambridge Road Community Primary School.
A post-mortem examination established a strain of meningitis was present in her body. But it is not believed to have been the highly contagious form that would have sparked a public health warning from Western Cheshire Primary Care Trust.
Sarah Johnson Griffiths, a consultant at the trust, said: “When people think of meningitis they think of meningitis C. But lots of different infections can cause meningitis.
“It’s safe to assume it’s not a transmissable form.”
A day after Ellie-Jo’s funeral, the government introduced a new vaccine into the NHS childhood immunisation programme that will offer greater protection against pneumococcal meningitis, the most deadly form of bacterial meningitis, and tackle 13 strains of the disease.
Meningitis kills more children under five than any other infectious disease in the UK.
Under-fives and those aged 15 -25 are most at risk, particularly if their immune system is weakened and about 300 people die from bacterial meningitis every year in the UK.
The Pioneer would like to clarify that comments attributed to Joanne Ellesmere on last week’s front page were taken from a personal written tribute that appeared on the obituaries section of the same edition (page 22) and that Mrs Ellesmere did not take part in any interview.