An outbreak of the meningococcal group W bacteria was declared in Northland last year, after three deaths from the virulent strain, and one death from an unknown strain.
Northlanders have been warned to be aware of meningococcal disease symptoms as the “month of death- October” approaches. Symptoms could develop very quickly & early treatment is critical. Seek medical care immediately if you suspect meningococcal disease.
There were around 120 cases of meningococcal disease in New Zealand in 2018 and there have been nearly 60 cases in 2019 to date.
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