MenW Strikes

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

“This MenW strain is associated with high mortality rates and affects all age groups.” Dr McElnay, Director of Public Health said.

Public Health Organisation chief medical officer Dr. Phil Shoemack, said “The earlier people were diagnosed, the better treatment they could receive. This bug causes severe illness very quickly, with an amazingly rapid onset. Literally, one hour could be completely different to the next.”

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