Australia Hobart man, 66, contracts meningococcal

04:56  03 august  2018
04:56  03 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Another meningococcal case in Hobart as 20yo man undergoing treatment at the Royal Hospital A 20-year-old man is being treated for a meningococcal infection at Royal Hobart Hospital, three days after a young woman died from the disease.

Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) staff were informed of the new case on Tuesday afternoon. Now, the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) has revealed there are two as yet unreported cases Sixteen-year-old Sarah Rose Beltz died after contracting the W strain of meningococcal disease earlier this month.

A health care professional prepares to administer a vaccine that combats four strains of meningococcal to a baby. © AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones A health care professional prepares to administer a vaccine that combats four strains of meningococcal to a baby. A 66-year-old Hobart man is the latest Tasmanian to contract meningococcal disease, prompting renewed warning from health authorities.

The Claremont man, who is being treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital, is the sixth case of the disease recorded in the state this year.

"The man's close contacts are currently being managed by public health to minimise the chance of further infections," Tasmania's director of public health Mark Veitch said in a statement on Friday.

"The strain of the disease has yet to be determined."

It comes a week after the government announced free vaccinations for all Tasmanians under the age of 21.

The first public vaccination clinic will be held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre this weekend.

Meningococcal vaccines to continue for NSW teens to combat rise in cases .
Lily O'Connell was diagnosed with the Meningococcal W strain last year, one of several similar cases in recent years. Now the NSW Government has announced the continued roll out of vaccines for teenagers at at-risk ages.

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