Five-year-old girl with meningitis B treated in “Aglaia Kyriakou” children’s hospital

A five-year-old girl diagnosed with meningococcal septicemia was transferred from a private clinic to “Aglaia Kyriakou” children’s hospital for surgery and further treatment, the hospital announced on Tuesday.

According to the hospital, the girl spent a week in the intensive care unit and then at the department of infectious diseases after surgeons had to remove part of her lower left leg to stop ischemic necrosis.

“At no part of her hospitalization did the young patient present symptoms that were threatening to her health, however she developed a rare but serious complication of the disease related to ischemic necrosis of the left lower limb, a complication which usually cannot be prevented,” the hospital said.

The vaccine against the meningococcal serogroup B (meningitis B) disease is not included in the National Immunization Program, with the National Immunization Committee saying it is not necessary to do so at this stage.