a student dies of meningococcal B, a dozen cases identified

The inhabitants of five municipalities in the east of Lyon are called upon to be vaccinated to protect themselves from these bacteria.

Meningococcal B alert. A dozen cases of the new variant have been identified in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes – particularly in eastern Lyon – and an infected student died in the Chambéry region.

The Regional Health Agency (ARS) does not know where this new variant, which affects adolescents, comes from. But the resurgence of cases particularly worries the health authorities, who are calling on the inhabitants of 90 municipalities in Ain, Isère and Rhône to be vaccinated. In the Rhône, the following towns are concerned: Colombier-Saugnieu, Jonage, Jons, Meyzieux, and Pusignan.

“We recommend vaccination for 16-24 year olds mainly”, explains Doctor Anne-Sophie Ronnaux-Baron, doctor, head of the health watch center at the ARS, at BFM Lyon.

The very young public is also concerned. “Children from 0 to 2 years old, underlines the doctor. This vaccination has been recommended since 2022.”

A toll-free number

Meningococcus is a bacterium that can cause very serious illnesses, such as meningitis or septicemia. Two symptoms should alert: a poorly tolerated fever and the appearance of one or more red or purple spots on the body.

“Meningococcal transmission occurs through close and prolonged contact with a sick person or a healthy carrier (person who is a carrier of the bacteria but who is not sick and therefore has no symptoms)”, explains the Agency. Régionale de Santé Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes in its press release.

In France, two clusters have been identified. One in Chambéry and the second in eastern Lyon. Of the dozen cases identified, half were recorded in nightclubs in the sectors concerned.

The Regional Health Agency sent a letter to the inhabitants concerned by the vaccination. A freephone number has also been activated: 0.800.100.378.

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