Meningococcal disease has been responsible for 2 deaths on the NSW Central Coast in the last 2 months, and 9 people have died in Australia in the past 2 years. Experts are warning people to be aware of the symptoms, risks and treatments.
Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterial infection. It's spread if you are in close proximity with the infected person. Usually, but not always, for a prolonged period of time.
- Sudden fever
- Neck stiffness
- Joint pain
- Red-purple spots rash
- Dislike of bright lights
- Nausea and vomiting.
Several vaccines against meningococcal disease are available in Australia. Check if your family's vaccinations are up to date.
When someone you have been in contact with has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease, see your doctor. You may need a preventive course of a special antibiotic. And if symptoms develop, seek medical advice immediately.