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Health alert on meningococcal disease – 7 December 2022

Health alert on meningococcal disease

Date issued: 7 December 2022

Issued by: Associate Professor Deborah Friedman, Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Disease)

Issued to: Victorian residents and health professionals

Key messages

  • The Department of Health has been notified of a case of meningococcal disease acquired in Maroochydore, Queensland during “schoolies” in the period 26 November to 3 December 2022.
  • Meningococcal disease is uncommon but can lead to serious illness very quickly.
  • Anyone who attended social venues where there was close contact (i.e. nightclubs) in Maroochydore during this period should be alert for symptoms.
  • People who develop meningococcal-like symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
  • Health Professionals should consider meningococcal disease in patients with compatible illness, especially those who were in the Maroochydore area.
  • Early recognition and treatment are critical as meningococcal disease can be fatal within hours if left untreated.
  • There are different strains of infection, and the disease can occur in people even if they have been vaccinated.
  • Check that you and your children are up to date with meningococcal vaccinations.
  • Read the full Alert: Health alert on meningococcal disease.

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