HEALTH ALERT: NSW warned after spike in meningococcal cases

NSW Health has issued a warning following a spike in Meningococcal cases in the past week.

The health authority is urging people to be on the lookout for symptoms of the deadly disease after five new cases were reported in the state in the last seven days.

Infants, young children, teenagers and young adults are most at risk with authorities urging anyone who fears they may have the symptoms to see a doctor immediately.


NSW Health says symptoms of meningococcal disease may include sudden onset of fever, cold hands and feet, limb/joint pain, nausea and vomiting, headache, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and a pin-prick rash changing to large red-purple blotches.

Alarming statistics show that so far this year in NSW there have been 39 cases of invasive meningococcal and four deaths, compared to 27 cases and zero deaths during the same period last year.

More information on the bacterial infection can be found here.