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Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Zealand : New meningococcal case in Northland

Article via NZ Herald :

" A 12-year-old girl diagnosed with a probable meningococcal infection has become the fourth person in Northland this month to contract the deadly disease.

She was transferred to Starship Hospital yesterday.

Dr Jonathan Jarman, Northland District Health Board's medical officer of health, said this is the thirteenth case of meningococcal disease in Northland since July.

This is the fourth meningococcal case diagnosed this month. To date we have had two cases of meningococcal B, eight cases of meningococcal C, and are waiting serotyping on the most recent three cases. Of the eight meningococcal C cases, three people have lost their lives.'

Dr Jarman said meningococcocal disease was not highly infectious and the people most at risk are those who lived in the same house as a case."

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