Published Monday, 25 June 2012
Pupils at the school are also being treated as a preventative measure. (© Getty)
Pupils at Our Lady and St Patrick primary in Downpatrick will also be treated as a preventative measure against the illness, which can lead to meningitis.
The Public Health Agency is investigating a confirmed case of meningococcal infection and a further probable case of the infection.
School principal Hugh Kelly said: "I am also pleased to report that both of the children are responding well to treatment."
Arrangements have been made for children at the school to be given antibiotics on Monday and Tuesday, and all staff are also being offered the medicine.
Dr Brian Smyth, Consultant in Health Protection, Public Health Agency, said the likelihood of further cases at the school is "low".
"As there have been two cases recently at the school, we are providing antibiotics to pupils and staff to further reduce the risk of further infection.
"The risk to the wider community is extremely low," he added.
Mr Hugh Kelly, Principal, Our Lady and St Patrick primary school, said: "Parents have been advised today that staff from the PHA and SEHSCT will be available to speak to parents and staff at the school on Monday and to offer reassurance. I would encourage parents to take up this offer."
Healthcare staff in the area have also been advised of the meningococcal infection cases.
Dr Smyth explained, "It is important that people can recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal infection so that they can be alert and seek medical help immediately if they suspect someone of having the symptoms."
Early symptoms are often similar to those of the flu, and may include vomiting, severe headache, stiff neck and dislike of bright lights.