The meningococcal disease claimed the life of a man, prompting a public health alert for people in New South Wales. According to NSW Health, the Sydney man in his 40s passed away from the illness. The infection was discovered after his passing and reported to NSW Health yesterday, according to the authority.
Neisseria meningitides, the bacteria that causes meningococcal disease, as seen under a microscope.
NSW Health has issued a warning to parents and children in the state to be on the lookout for symptoms and “act immediately if they appear.” Early intervention, according to Dr. Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health, can save lives.
“Meningococcal disease symptoms can emerge suddenly and quickly deteriorate into a serious condition. Do not wait for the rash to appear if you suspect disease; instead, consult a doctor right away “said McAnulty.
If meningococcal disease is not treated, it can be fatal. Some signs are:
- severe, undiagnosed limb pain
- trouble waking up
- infants who cry out loudly
- acute headache
- irritated by bright lights
- tense neck
- Rashes that are red and purple and do not go away when pressed with a glass
Although the rash is a well-known sign of meningococcal disease, it does not always appear or may appear much later in the course of the illness, according to McAnulty.
The best meningococcal disease treatment, according to Dr. Jeremy McAnulty of NSW Health, is early intervention.
Call Triple Zero (000) or head straight to the emergency room of your nearest hospital if your child’s symptoms quickly get worse. While the illness is uncommon, according to NSW Health, up to one in ten cases result in death and four in ten infections cause permanent disabilities. The majority of Australians receive the meningococcal disease vaccine as infants. Numerous meningococcal cases were discovered in South Australia in July.