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Six-month-old baby girl rushed to hospital with invasive strain of meningococcal

Six-month-old girl rushed to hospital with invasive strain of meningococcus – as 15 close contacts identified zijn

  • A baby has been taken to hospital in South Australia with meningococcus
  • The six-month-old girl from Adelaide was identified as serotype W strain
  • SA Health authorities contacted 15 close contacts of the baby girls










A six-month-old girl has been rushed to hospital after contracting an invasive strain of meningococcus.

South Australia Health confirmed the child from Adelaide is in stable condition after it was found to have serotype W strain.

Meningococcal disease is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that can cause a number of horrific symptoms, including skin rashes, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as blood poisoning.

A six-month-old girl has been rushed to hospital after contracting an invasive strain of meningococcus (stock image)

A six-month-old girl has been rushed to hospital after contracting an invasive strain of meningococcus (stock image)

South Australia Health confirmed the child from Adelaide is in stable condition after it was found to have serotype W strain (stock image)

South Australia Health confirmed the child from Adelaide is in stable condition after it was found to have serotype W strain (stock image)

“The Ministry of Health and Welfare has identified several people who have had contact with the baby, and 15 people have been ordered to receive antibiotics,” SA Health said in a statement.

There have been four cases of meningococcal disease in SA this year, including a 29-year-old man from Adelaide who died after contracting the rare disease.

Last week there were also two cases reported in NSW on Sydney’s northern beaches.

‘In 2020, a total of five cases were reported (in SA). Of the five cases. Three were serogroup B and two were serogroup Y,” SA Health said.

Meningococcal disease is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that can cause a number of horrific symptoms, including skin rashes, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as blood poisoning. Pictured: A 3D microscope close-up of meningitis bacteria

Meningococcal disease is a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that can cause a number of horrific symptoms, including skin rashes, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, as well as blood poisoning. Pictured: A close-up 3D microscope of meningitis bacteria

MENINGOCOCAL SYMPTOMS

– Red or purple pinprick rash, or larger bruises

-Fever

-Headache

-Neck stiffness

-Discomfort when looking at bright light

– Nausea or vomiting

-Diarrhea

-Feeling very, very sick

Source: Australian Department of Health

POSSIBLE LONG-TERM EFFECTS

– Loss of arms and legs

-Deformed arms and legs

– Pain and stiffness in the joints

-Scars on the skin

– Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

Deafness in one or both ears

– Kidney or liver failure

Headache

Blurred or double vision

Blindness

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Doctors say the telltale symptom includes a rash that often appears as red or purple pinprick marks or larger bruises.

However, there are some cases where a rash does not appear.

Other symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, discomfort when looking at bright lights, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and feeling very ill.

The devastating long-term effects include loss of arms and legs, deformed arms and legs, pain and stiffness in the joints, scarring of the skin, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), deafness in one or both ears, kidney or liver failure, persistent headache, blurred or double vision , blindness and learning disabilities.

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