On Friday, St Augustine’s Hospital said it had treated seven people for meningitis since January. The Daily News understands that most of those patients were from the Bluff and that they had all contracted viral meningitis.
However, eThekwini Municipality said since January two people from eManzimtoti, including a seven-year-old pupil who was home-schooled, were treated for the potentially fatal bacterial meningitis.
The boy was taken to the nearby Kingsway Hospital, but doctors said he was already unconscious by the time he was admitted and died a few hours later.
Following that, at least 40 people who had come into contact with the boy were placed on antibiotics to prevent them from contracting the “very infectious” strain of meningitis.