Australia Man dies from meningococcal just hours after going to hospital

14:56  17 july  2017
14:56  17 july  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

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Man dies from meningococcal just hours after going to hospital . A man from Adelaide died from meningococcal the same day he presented to hospital with symptoms of the disease.

Man dies from meningococcal just hours after going to hospital . A man from Adelaide died from meningococcal the same day he presented to hospital with symptoms of the disease.

A man from Adelaide died from meningococcal the same day he presented to hospital with symptoms of the disease.

9NEWS understands the 53-year-old man was admitted to hospital on Saturday morning with a rash and in a confused state.

He died that night suffering from the serogroup B strain of the disease, SA Health said in a statement this afternoon.

Multiple people were in contact with the man prior to his death, and four of his family members have been told to take antibiotics as a precaution.

Dr Russell Waddell from SA Health told 9NEWS there is “no increased public health risk”.

“There no risk to the public, this is a disease spread by very close personal contact and it's only people with close personal contact that require antibiotics,” Dr Waddell said.

There have been 18 cases of meningococcal disease reported in the state this year, compared to the 13 cases reported at the same time in 2016.

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