New meningococcal case for WA
New meningococcal case for WA

A WA teenager has been diagnosed with meningococcal disease but has made a good recovery after receiving treatment.

The WA Health Department says close contacts of the student - the fifth West Australian to be diagnosed this year - have been given information and where necessary antibiotics to reduce the risk of the organism being passed on to others.

It comes three weeks after a child was diagnosed with the infection and hospitalised.

Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, life-threatening illness due to a bacterial infection of the blood and/or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain.

Bacteria are usually carried harmlessly in the back of the nose and throat by about 10-20 per cent of the population at any one time but rarely they invade the bloodstream and cause serious infections.

The West Australian

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