36-year-old man dies from meningococcal and deadly disease spreads to two teenage girls in South Australia
What are the symptoms of meningococcal?
Symptoms of disease
Fever Loss of appetite Pain in the legs Abnormal skin color Extreme fatigue Vomiting and diarrhea Drowsiness Seizures, fits or twitching Red-purple rash
Source: Department of Health
A 36-year-old man died of meningococcal disease.
South Australian health officials said “several” people who had been in contact with the man from Adelaide had been identified.
Those who spent time with a 13-year-old girl who became terminally ill have been contacted.
It is not known if the two cases are related.
Ten have been prescribed antibiotics.
A 13-year-old girl and another 15-year-old girl who contracted meningococcal are in stable condition in hospital.
There have been 16 meningococcal cases reported in South Australia so far this year, more than doubling the number by this time in 2022.
Symptoms of the disease include fever, lack of appetite, drowsiness, leg pain, lack of energy and fits or convulsions.
Young people who get a meningococcal infection may have a rash that does not go away when pressed with a clean glass.
Anyone who thinks they or a loved one may have meningococcal is urged to seek medical attention immediately.
A 36-year-old man has died after contracting a meningococcal infection (file photo).