Young woman dies from meningococcal disease

A 19-year-old woman has died from meningococcal disease on the NSW Central Coast.

Health Authorities confirmed in a short statement on Monday that the young woman passed away at Gosford Hospital last week.

“Our thoughts are with the family of this young woman at this tragic time,” Central Coast Local Health District Director Public Health Dr Peter Lewis told the Daily Telegraph.


The young woman is understood to be the second person from the Central Coast to have died from meningicoccal this year.

It has not yet been confirmed what strain of the disease the woman had.

People in the community are being urged to look out for symptoms, which may include sudden onset of fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, a rash of red-purple spots or bruises, dislike of bright lights nausea and vomiting.

More information on meningicoccal can be found here.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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