Welsh meningitis may be spreading

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ALL PUPILS AT a school in South Wales are to be inoculated against meningitis amid new fears that the recent outbreak may be spreading.

Two 17-year-old pupils from the school, Y Pant comprehensive, Pontyclun, were in hospital with the disease last night, one of them critically ill. The school is 10 miles from Pontypridd, which has seen 12 confirmed cases and three deaths. The 12th and most recent victim, a one-year-old girl, who has not been named, is being treated at East Glamorgan Hospital, where she was "poorly but stable" yesterday.

However, doctors said there was no link between the case and the 11 others diagnosed in the Pontypridd area. The baby is from Church Green, four miles from Pontypridd and is suffering from the pneumococcal form of the disease.

Seven pupils from the town have been treated in hospital for the meningococcal strain and six are said to be recovering.

Pupils and teachers at Cardinal Newman Roman Catholic School, Pontypridd, held a service yesterday in memory of Lynne James, 55, a home economics teacher who died from meningitis this week.