Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Third case this MONTH of meningococcal in Northland, New Zealand - 23rd Aug 2011

A 45-year-old Northland woman is in a serious condition in hospital with a suspected case of meningococcal disease.

It is the third case of the disease in Northland this month, after two toddlers were also admitted to Whangarei Hospital a couple of weeks ago.

The woman in this latest case was taken to hospital yesterday and is in intensive care.

Northland DHB Medical Officer Of Health Dr Clair Mills said she doesn't appear to have links with the toddlers involved in the earlier cases or anyone involved in the other recent outbreaks of meningococcal in New Zealand.

The health board is identifying people who have been in close contact with the woman and will offer them preventative treatment.

Meningococcal disease can occur at any age, but is most common in children under the age of five years.

Symptoms in babies and young children may include fever, irritability, sleepiness, floppiness, hard to wake, refusing drink or food, vomiting and a rash.

Adults can have similar symptoms and may also have a stiff neck, headache and sensitivity to lights. Read More