Baby fights back from deadly disease



A BABY has survived a potentially deadly bout of meningococcal in Rockhampton at the weekend.

Central Public Health Unit medical officer Doctor Margaret Young confirmed a patient was being treated for meningococcal at Rockhampton Hospital.

Dr Young yesterday said the patient was "doing really well'' and presented no health risk to the public.

The Morning Bulletin understands both mother and baby were in quarantine at the hospital yesterday, having been admitted on Friday.

A friend of the family said the family had been camping in the area when they noticed "purple spots'' on the baby on Friday.

The friend said the family, believed to be visiting from Ipswich, then rushed the child to hospital.

The friend understands the parents' quick thinking in recognising the symptoms had got the baby to hospital just in time.

Dr Young said no other cases had been reported. She said in the past 12 months, four cases had been diagnosed in Central Queensland.

The most recent case ended with the death of a 13-month-old boy at Gladstone in September.

Meningococcal symptoms in adults and children include vomiting, fever, headache, stiff neck, joint pain, drowsiness, light aversion and rash of red-purple spots or bruises.

Symptoms in babies include refusing food, vomiting, highpitched moaning, pale blotchy complexion, rash of red-purple spots or bruises and dislike of being handled.

No further details on the baby's condition were available.



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