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Man dies of meningococcus in Sydney, health warnings issued

NSW Health said a man in his 40s from Sydney had died from the disease.

“His infection was identified after his death and was notified to NSW Health yesterday,” officials said.

Microscopic image of Neisseria meningitidis, the causative agent of meningococcus. (microscope)

NSW Health has issued a warning to young people and their parents across the state to be on the lookout for symptoms and ‘act as soon as symptoms appear’.

NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said early intervention can save lives.

“The onset of symptoms of meningococcal disease can appear suddenly and become serious very quickly. Please take it.

Meningococcal disease can be fatal if left untreated.

  • Severe, unexplained pain in the limbs
  • hard to wake up
  • baby’s high-pitched cry
  • severe headache
  • be disturbed by bright light
  • torticollis
  • A purplish-red rash that does not go away when pressed with a glass

“While a well-known symptom of meningococcal disease, the rash does not always occur and can appear later in the disease.

Dr Jeremy McAnulty, NSW Health
NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty says early intervention is the best cure for meningococcal disease. (Edwina Pickles)

“If symptoms worsen rapidly or if your child is very ill, call Triple Zero (000) or go straight to the nearest emergency department.”

According to NSW Health, the disease is rare but kills up to 1 in 10 people and leaves 4 in 10 infected with permanent disability.

Most Australians are vaccinated against meningococcus in infancy.

Man dies of meningococcus in Sydney, health warnings issued

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