NSW Health reports two cases of meningococcal disease in people who attended the 2022 Splendour in the Grass festival at the North Byron Parklands in Yelgun. One of these cases was a man in his 40s from Sydney who died with the disease.
Officials are urging people who attended the event on 21 – 24 July to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear.
Executive Director of Health Protection NSW, Dr Jeremy McAnulty said early intervention can be lifesaving.
“Onset of meningococcal disease symptoms can appear suddenly and become very serious very quickly. If you suspect meningococcal disease, don’t wait for the rash – see a doctor immediately,” Dr McAnulty said.
Meningococcal disease can be fatal within hours if left untreated. Knowing the symptoms could help prevent premature death or life-long disability. They include: severe, unexplained limb pain; difficulty waking up; high pitched crying in babies; severe headache; upset by bright lights; stiff neck and red-purple rash which doesn’t disappear when pressed with a glass.
“While it is a well-known symptom of meningococcal disease, the rash does not always occur, or may present late in the illness,” Dr McAnulty said.
So far this year, there have been 15 cases of meningococcal disease reported in NSW.
While meningococcal disease is now uncommon thanks to vaccination, it can occur year round. Increases rend to be seen in late winter and early spring, with children under five and 15 to 25-year-olds at the greatest risk of contracting the disease.
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and community from the harmful effects of meningococcal disease.
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