Meningococcal scare at Brisbane childcare centre

DOCTORS say the likelihood of a major meningococcal outbreak is very low after a toddler tested positive to the potentially deadly disease at a childcare centre in Brisbane’s north.

The 20-month-old boy is currently in a stable condition at The Prince Charles Hospital.

Doctors will visit the boy’s childcare centre in Kedron today where they’ll offer antibiotics to children who had spent significant time with the toddler in the days leading up to his diagnoses.


Public health physician James Smith told the Courier Mail while the likelihood of further cases was very low, parents should still look out for the symptoms which in young children include:

  • Fever
  • refusal to feed
  • irritability
  • grunting or moaning
  • extreme tiredness or floppiness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • turning away from light
  • convulsions
  • rash of red or purple pinprick spots or larger bruise