A 36-year-old man dies of meningococcus and the deadly disease spreads to two teenagers in South Australia
What are the symptoms of meningococcus?
symptoms of the disease
- Lack of appetite
- unusual skin color
- vomiting and diarrhea
- Seizures, seizures, or spasms
- red-purple rash
Source: Department of Health
A 36-year-old man died after contracting meningococcus.
Health officials in South Australia said “multiple” people who had been in contact with the man, from Adelaide, had been identified.
People have been contacted who had spent time with a 13-year-old girl who also fell ill with the deadly disease.
It is not known if the two cases are connected.
Ten people have been ordered to take antibiotics.
The 13-year-old girl and another 15-year-old girl who contracted meningococcus are in stable condition at the hospital.
So far, 16 cases of meningococcus have been reported in South Australia this year, which is more than double the number for this time in 2022.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, lack of appetite, drowsiness, leg pain, lack of energy, and fits or convulsions.
Younger people who get meningococcus may have a rash that does not go away when pressed with a clear glass.
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have meningococcus is urged to seek medical treatment immediately.
A 36-year-old man died after contracting meningococcus (file photo)