The HSE is urging people in  Meath to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningitis.

It comes after the HSE has today confirmed it is currently investigating four cases of the disease, two of which were fatal.

Health officials say the cases were reported during the last week of September and there is no known link between the infections as they were recorded in different regions of the country.

Three of the cases involve young adults and one case involves a child under the age of 10.

Meningitis is a serious illness involving inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It can be caused by a variety of different germs, mainly bacterial and viruses.