Meningococcal update

PEOPLE of the Upper Derwent Valley need not fear an outbreak of meningococcal disease, Tasmania’s public health authority said today. ABC News tonight reported that the local man who died on Saturday night had an uncommon strain of the bacteria.

“There is no suggestion that this is an outbreak and the people in the Upper Derwent Valley need not fear that will occur,” public health director Dr Rosoe Taylor told the ABC. “We do have an isolated case here,” he said. Family and friends of the man were given antibiotics on the weekend and will be offered vaccinations.

Anyone experiencing symptoms including vomiting, fever, headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright light, drowsiness, joint pain or seizures should see their doctor.

Read the ABC’s report here.

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