• Don’t Procrastinate

    Invercargill man Michael Moncur, then18-year-old in 2018, contracted meningococcal B. He was one of three students to fall ill with meningitis and doctors gave him a 10% chance of survival. It was confusing and shocking to find out what had happened on waking up after three days in a coma. He is now focused on […]

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  • Action Required

    NSW Health issued a public health alert after a third case of meningococcal disease was reported in the Sydney’s northern beaches region. Close contacts have been offered antibiotics as a preventive measure following the outbreak. A student while at a rugby league club became infected, taken to hospital but have since recovered and been released. […]

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  • Contagious Risk

    South Australia Health reported that a six-month-old baby from Adelaide could have been infected from a rare meningococcal strain.             The baby is one of the four cases of invasive meningococcal disease identified by the health department this year. There were about 15 people who have been in close contact with the baby are now completing […]

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  • Sydney Cases

    Two teens were confirmed to have the potentially life-threatening disease, meningococcal infection. The Northern Sydney Local Health District is urging people to be alert & recognize the signs & symptoms of the disease because it can often mimic other common illnesses. Meningococcal meningitis can be spread by secretions from the nose and throat of a […]

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  • Best Defense

    The 16 Vaccine awareness initiative educates parents of teens about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)  recommended second dose of MenACWY at age 16. Teens are at increased risk due to common lifestyle factors or behaviors among their age group, such as living in close quarters and socializing in crowded environments. Vaccination is […]

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  • Hot tub

    Lauren Briggs, 25 years old, developed a life-threatening case of meningococcal meningitis (septicemia) after spending an evening with a group of people in her friend’s hot tub in Essex. Her right leg below the knee and the toes on her left foot were amputated, leaving her wheelchair-bound until she can learn to use a prosthesis. […]

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  • Take Action!

    World Meningitis day is on April 24 & the theme is Take Action # Defeat Meningitis! Greater awareness and education is important so people can take preventative actions & protect their loved ones. Sunday Times Connect in partnership with Sanofi Pasteur has an online event on meningococcal meningitis. This disease is a medical emergency and […]

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  • Misdiagnosis

    Lily Teale, 10 months old was taken to the same-day health clinic for fever, vomiting and diarrhea. A doctor dismissed the baby’s symptoms as a stomach bug. But hours later, Lily was rushed to hospital after her lips turned blue and she became unresponsive.  She was tragically pronounced dead at 10pm on the same day […]

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  • Defense Mechanism

    Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a mechanism through which meningitis-causing bacteria can evade the immune system. One of the signs of an infection is elevated temperatures or fever, which typically boost our immune system‘s ability to fight illness. In the study, researchers found that two meningitis bacteria – Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae […]

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  • Fighting for her life

    A South Australian 21- year old woman became infected with meningococcal meningitis & is fighting for her life. The Adelaide woman is in intensive care unit & the serogroup has yet to be identified. SA Health reported 2 cases so far of invasive meningococcal disease this year. Watch for symptoms & get help immediately if […]

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