• Antibiotic Resistance

    The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) – a leading group of scientists, doctors and public health officials published a new report in Expert Review of Vaccines that meningococcal meningitis is becoming antibiotic resistant. “Research shows that meningococcal bacteria are able to acquire genes from other strains and that genes that give the bacteria reduced susceptibility or […]

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  • Deadly Season

    Meningococcal bacteria that causes the infection can enter the body more easily through the nose and throat during cold and flu season. The bacteria can also spread from person to person when people spend time in close proximity indoors, through kissing, sneezing, coughing and sharing household items. It is important for everyone to know the […]

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  • Sneaky Killer

    An 18-year-old who was mistakenly reported to have died from a drug overdose in fact died from meningococcal meningitis. DOCTORS may be missing the symptoms of a deadly strain of meningitis in young people. A letter from public health experts has warned that teenagers who have the disease could be mistaken for being drunk or […]

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  • Fast Killer

    Sarah Joyce, from Waterloo, Huddersfield says that Enzo showed hardly any symptoms before he passed away from a “silent killer” meningitis. Little 4 year old Enzo was admitted to Calderfale Royal Hospital in Halifax on 15 November at 11:40 am, after higher-than-usual temperature. By 4pm, doctors broke the heartbreaking news to his family that he […]

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  • Nose Drops

    UK doctors are testing nose drops that could help prevent meningitis. The nose drops are retained in the nose and prompts an immune response. The bacteria responsible for meningitis are in the back of “healthy carriers” noses and throats without any signs or symptoms. Professor Robert Read, director of the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, […]

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  • Prevention Lags

    The Lancet Neurology published a new analysis showing that meningitis deaths reduced by just 21% and progress lags substantially behind that of other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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  • MenW Strikes

    Twelve cases of a deadly infectious meningococcal disease have been reported in the Bay of Plenty this year.

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  • Get Vaccinated

    Aleisha Derham would have been celebrating her 25th birthday this week but instead her family is mourning her death.

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  • Lost Time

    Gravatt, a 22-year-old medical student, died at Auckland City Hospital nine years ago but was reopened after his parents received an anonymous letter alleging deficiencies in his care.

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  • Camper Dies

    The 16 year old teenager, a senior student from Kerikeru HS, was at a St John youth camp on Motutapu Island when he was airlifted to hospital and died of meningococcal disease.

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