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Monday, September 26, 2011

New Zealand : New meningococcal death in Northland

Via Radio New Zealand News :

" There has been another death in Northland from meningococcal disease - the third in three months.

Health authorities confirmed an 82-year-old woman died had died of the disease last week within hours of developing symptoms.

Northland medical officer of health Clair Mills says the woman was fit and well until Thursday afternoon, when she began vomiting, and became incoherent.

She says the woman was rushed to hospital by ambulance and treated immediately for suspected meningitis but died that evening.

In all, nine people have contracted meningitis in Northland since the outbreak began in July."

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