Rockhampton children diagnosed with meningococcal

TWO young children and a teenager, all closely related, are in stable conditions in hospital after it was confirmed they have the meningococcal disease.

One child is in the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane, while the others are in Rockhampton Hospital.

Public health physician, Dr Margaret Young emphasised that mening

ococcal was not a virus and did not spread easily.

She described it as a severe but uncommon infection caused by a bacterial germ.

The bacteria are spread via droplets from the nose or throat which are shed during coughing and sneezing, but close and prolonged contact with a carrier is usually needed.

 

All those who have been in close contact with the three cases have been offered antibiotics.

Anyone with symptoms, in particular a bruise-like rash, should be given medical attention as soon as possible.

Symptoms:

A high fever

Severe headache

Vomiting

Muscle and joint pain

Drowsiness

A rash that spreads rapidly. It initially looks like small bruises just under the skin.



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