Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - Deb­bie Jamieson

It is dif­fi­cult to think of a more fright­en­ing dis­ease in mod­ern New Zealand than meningo­coc­cal dis­ease, which has af­fected two Mt As­pir­ing Col­lege stu­dents in the last two weeks.

Ev­ery­body knows a story of some­one who has been in­fected with some­times tragic out­comes. There­fore, it was with great re­lief that we learned that year 12 girl Christy Facer is mak­ing ‘‘slow but steady’’ progress and that year 13 stu­dent Bella Berry is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

Credit must be given to school prin­ci­pal Wayne Bosley for his mea­sured response. Work­ing with health au­thor­i­ties he over­saw the dis­tri­bu­tion of full and ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion to the com­mu­nity. An oral an­tibi­otic has been dis­trib­uted to about 300 teenagers and, in one of the hard­est de­ci­sions, he has can­celled a stu­dent trip to Spain.

But through­out this our thoughts have been with Christy, Bella and their fam­i­lies. We wish you a speedy re­cov­ery and look for­ward to see­ing you home soon.

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