Baby dies from meningococcal B

A BABY has tragically died in hospital after contracting meningococcal B in the Northern Territory.

The Department of Health today confirmed the infant, who is believed to be under six months old, had passed away in Royal Darwin Hospital after being admitted in a critical condition on June 13.

Everyone who had close contact with the child has been contacted and given clearance antibiotics.


It’s the fifth meningococcal case in the NT this year, with the other four cases all being the W strain.

The Centre for Disease Control said none of the cases were linked.

Following an outbreak of the W strain last year, the NT Government made the meningococcal ACWY vaccine available for free for all people aged one to 19 years.

The B vaccine remains on the private market and must be purchased.