Teenager dies of meningitis

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A 14-year-old girl has died from suspected meningitis and another teenager and a baby from the same area of the North-East are being treated in hospital, it was disclosed yesterday.

Donna Thomson of Oxclose, Washington, Tyne and Wear, died in the intensive care unit of Newcastle General Hospital on Christmas Eve, a day after being found seriously ill by her parents. She was thought to have been suffering from the meningococcal strain, the disease's most serious form.

The other cases which have come to light on Wearside are an unnamed 16 year old girl from the Shiney Row area, near Washington, and a baby from Southwick, Sunderland.