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    A case of infectious meningococcal detected in 48-year-old Adelaide woman prompts warning
    Hayley Taylor and Jacqueline Mey
    Published: 09/02/2022
    Updated: Thursday, 10 February 2022 3:33 PM AEDT

    An information sketch animation video which outlines the key signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and what you should do if you suspect a family member has symptoms. Courtesy: Meningococcal Australia

    An alert has been issued by SA Health after a 48-year-old Adelaide woman was admitted to hospital in a critical condition, after contracting a case of the invasive and highly contagious meningococcal disease.

    The strain has been identified as serotype B, one of the main types to appear in Australia along with W and Y...

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      About 1000 students given antibiotics after deadly disease detected at QLD school
      Queensland Health issued an alert after three cases were detected at the school.
      Warren Barnsley / Health & Wellbeing / Updated 1 hour ago

      About 1000 students at a Queensland high school have been given antibiotics after the discovery of three meningococcal cases.

      The cases have been discovered at St Mary’s Catholic College in Cairns this week. One is a teacher and two are students.

      Two of the patients are in hospital, while the other one has been discharged.

      On Friday, health authorities rolled out the antibiotics in a bid to stop the disease from spreading...


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          Public health response underway after meningococcal case confirmed
          By Meg Whitfield
          Updated June 3 2022 at 3:37am, first published 3:32am

          A public health response is underway after a case of meningococcal disease was confirmed in Tasmania.

          Department of Public Health specialist medical advisor Dr Shannon Melody on Friday evening confirmed a man in his late teens from the North-West Coast had been diagnosed with the disease....


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            Two-year-old SA child dies after contracting meningococcal disease
            By Sarah Swain
            5:34pm Jul 19, 2022

            A two-year-old child has died after contracting meningococcal in rural South Australia.
            SA Health described the case of "invasive" when they reported the death today.
            Multiple people the child came into contact with have been identified and 15 of them given clearance antibiotics.
            "There have been seven cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to six cases recorded at the same time last year," SA Health said.
            "Of the seven cases this year, all have been typed as serogroup B."
            It's the first death from the virus this year in the state. Three people died last year, out of 12 cases...


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                New meningococcal case detected in South Australia
                By Marina Trajkovich
                1:00pm Jul 21, 2022

                South Australia has recorded another case of meningococcal just days after health authorities announced a two-year-old with the disease had died.
                SA Health has confirmed a 28-year-old from Adelaide has been hospitalised with the serogroup B strain of the "invasive" disease...


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                    SA teen stable with meningococcal disease
                    By Tim Dornin
                    Updated August 8 2022 - 8:43pm, first published 8:39pm

                    An Adelaide teenager is in hospital in a stable condition after contracting meningococcal disease.

                    SA Health says the 14-year-old boy has been found to have the B strain of the infection...


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                        NT man dies with meningococcal disease
                        Fri, 12 August 2022 at 1:10 am·

                        A man has died with meningococcal disease in Darwin, as the Northern Territory records its second case of the illness this year.

                        The man in his 30s, who died on Tuesday at Royal Darwin Hospital, had no recent interstate or international travel, NT Health says.

                        "We send our condolences to this man's friends and family," a spokeswoman said on Friday.

                        The NT's centre for disease control is providing information and care to the man's close contacts.

                        The second case was a woman in her 30s from Alice Springs, who was diagnosed in February. The two cases are unlinked.

                        It comes after a 14-year-old boy in Adelaide was diagnosed with meningococcal on Tuesday.

                        There have been nine cases of the disease in South Australia this year, compared to six at the same time last year.

                        A Sydney man in his 40s died with the disease on August 4 after he attended the Splendour In The Grass music festival in Byron Bay.

                        There have been 15 cases of meningococcal disease reported in NSW this year...


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                          A child becomes the third person with meningococcal after attending Splendour in the Grass as fresh warnings about the disease are issued

                          NSW north coast child becomes third case of meningococcal from festival
                          Earlier, a Sydney man in 40s who attended Splendour died with disease
                          Meningococcal bacteria are carried by about 10 per cent of the population
                          Then spreads to others through droplets by coughing, sneezing or even kissing
                          By Tom Heaton For Daily Mail Australia and Finbar O'mallon For Australian Associated Press
                          Published: 19:34 EDT, 12 August 2022 | Updated: 19:39 EDT, 12 August 2022

                          A child from the NSW north coast is the third person to contract meningococcal disease after attending the Splendour In The Grass music festival.

                          Earlier this month a Sydney man in his 40s who had attended the festival died with the disease.

                          NSW Health has urged anyone who attended Splendour In The Grass - which took place from July 21-24 at the North Byron Parklands - to be alert for symptoms of the potentially fatal disease...


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                            New England toddler diagnosed with meningococcal disease in August as doctors urge vaccination, symptom awareness
                            By Anna Falkenmire
                            Updated September 1 2022 - 2:23am, first published 2:09am

                            A TODDLER from the New England area was diagnosed with meningococcal disease last month, the Leader has confirmed.

                            The young boy is among just 15 cases of the illness recorded across the state since the beginning of the year.

                            There have been three infections in the Hunter New England Health (HNEH) district this year, including a teenage girl and a woman in the Hunter area...


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                              Two children with meningococcal disease

                              The Department of Health today reported that two children, who are related, have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease and are recovering. The serogroups for both cases are not yet available. There is no wider health risk to the public.
                              Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, life-threatening illness caused by a bacterial infection of the blood and/or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain, and occasionally of other sites, such as the throat, lungs or large joints.
                              To date in 2022, thirteen meningococcal cases have been reported in WA; six were serogroup B, three were serogroup W, two were serogroup Y and two cases are pending serogroup information.
                              There are two types of meningococcal vaccines available: one protects against four serogroups of the meningococcal disease (serogroups A, C, W and Y) and the other protects against serogroup B.
                              The MenACWY vaccine is offered free to all children at 12 months of age. In addition, the MenACWY vaccine is offered to all Year 10 students, with a free catch-up program for 15-19 year-olds.
                              Due to a higher rate of meningococcal disease in Aboriginal children in WA, the MenACWY vaccine is offered free to Aboriginal children from age 6 weeks to 12 months of age. The menB vaccine is free for all Aboriginal children aged up to 2 years of age. Both these vaccines are also free for people of all ages with certain medical risk conditions. People not eligible for free vaccines can request them through their immunisation provider for a fee...