A MAN has contracted the potentially deadly, invasive meningococcal disease in the NSW Hunter Region.
The man, whose age is not known, is the fourth person to contract the disease in the Hunter New England Region this year. He is currently in a stable condition in hospital.
It is not known exactly what strain of the disease the man has been diagnosed with, or what hospital he is being treated in.
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Friends, relatives and colleagues of the man have been prescribed antibiotics as a precaution.
Anyone who suspects they may have contracted meningococcal disease should seek medical attention immediately.
The first symptoms of the disease may include pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour.