Statement regarding Meningococcal


The Department of Health can confirm the death of a child in Darwin due to meningococcal disease.

It is unlikely that this is connected to the current outbreak of meningococcal W in Central Australia. We are awaiting further results to confirm which strain was responsible.

The Centre from Disease Control is implementing a response according to national guidelines.

Meningococcal disease is an uncommon but very serious disease. It is treatable with antibiotics but the infection can progress very quickly. It is important for people to be aware of the symptoms and to seek medical advice early for either themselves or their children if they have any concerns.

Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, an aversion to bright lights, a rash and joint pain. Those affected may also have vomiting and diarrhoea, be difficult to wake up and babies may refuse food and drink and have a high pitched cry.

For more information please see the Meningococcal Fact Sheet.

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