NW man in hospital with meningococcal disease

A 20-year-old Burnie man is in the North West Regional Hospital following treatment for invasive meningococcal disease.

Public Health Services is following up his close contacts who are being advised and managed in line with national guidelines.

The patient was admitted to hospital on Monday and diagnosed with the B strain of the disease.

Cases of meningococcal disease occur all year round but tend to be more common between June and September.

People with meningococcal disease can go from feeling well to extremely unwell very quickly.

Symptoms include fever, severe aches and pains, headache, drowsiness and confusion. Infants can be distressed, limp, pale and feed poorly.

If you (or your child) have seen a doctor but you get worse, go back to your doctor or emergency department. Don’t wait.

Children now receive Australian government-funded meningococcal ACWY vaccine at age 12 months and in year 10 of school.

Some state-funded meningococcal ACWY vaccine is still available free for all Tasmanians born after 1 August 1997 (aged at least six weeks) from their GPs.

Meningococcal B vaccine is available from GPs but must be purchased privately.

This is the fifth case of invasive meningococcal disease in 2019. There were 11 cases in 2018 and 16 in 2017.

Visit the meningococcal disease webpage for more information.