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Meningococcal case confirmed in middle aged adult

23 August 2017

A middle-aged West Australian is recovering in hospital after being diagnosed with meningococcal disease.
Young people
All Western Australians are urged to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease

The case follows the recent tragic death from meningococcal disease of a WA teenager who was holidaying interstate.

All West Australians are urged to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal including: high fever, chills, headache, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, and severe muscle and joint pains.

Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, life-threatening illness caused by a bacterial infection of the blood. The disease is generally more common in winter and spring.

A number of vaccines are available to protect against the different types of meningococcal disease.

People aged 15-19 years are encouraged to get the free Meningococcal W vaccination.

Find out more about meningococcal disease.