The anticipation of the residents of the Australian province of “New South Wales”, after the death of a person who was suffering from symptoms of meningococcus.
On Sunday, the New South Wales Health Organization confirmed the death of a person in his fifties from meningococcal infection, while two teenagers in Sydney and a person in his sixties are recovering from the disease.
What is meningococcal disease?
- Meningococcal meningitis is a severe bacterial infection of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
- Meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicemia are caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, commonly known as meningococcus, and it only infects humans.
- The infection is spread by direct contact with secretions from the nose and throat.
- Patients feel generally unwell and have other symptoms, which are often serious, depending on the area affected.
- The diagnosis is confirmed by identifying the bacteria in a sample of infected tissue.
Standby in Sydney
Christine Selvey, NSW’s director of health, said meningococcus is rare but can be fatal within hours if left untreated.
“Early treatment saves lives, so it is important to recognize symptoms early,” Sylvie explained.
And she continued: “If the symptoms worsen quickly, call zero or go directly to the nearest emergency department, do not delay.”
There have been 19 cases of meningococcal infection reported in New South Wales this year.
Children under the age of five and young people between the ages of 15 and 25 are most susceptible to the disease.
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