NSW Health sound meningococcal disease warning as Sydney man in his 40s dies

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Urgent alert after music fan who went to Splendour within the Grass dies from meningococcal and one other is combating for his or her life amid fears of a extremely contagious outbreak of the killer illness

  • A person in his 40s has died from a uncommon however lethal illness in Sydney on Thursday
  • He attended the Byron Bay Splendour in  the Grass competition earlier than he died
  • Second individual on the three-day music present has now additionally contracted illness 
  • Meningococcal illness will be mistaken for a chilly or a rash however escalate quickly
  • Parents have been warned to remain vigilant as youngsters will be at most danger
  • Early detection will be life-saving, however ignoring signs will be deadly

A Sydney man in his 40s who was on the Splendour within the Grass competition final month has been killed by lethal meningococcal illness, NSW Health chiefs have revealed.

The deadly an infection was solely recognized after his demise, and has now sparked an pressing alert for anybody who was on the Byron Bay music spectacular to observe for signs. 

A second case has since been recognized in one other one that was at Splendour.

‘We are urging individuals who attended the occasion within the North Byron Parklands on July 21 – 24 to be alert to the signs of meningococcal illness and act instantly if they seem,’ NSW Health stated in an announcement on Friday.

‘Although the illness is rare, it may be extreme.’

The illness is particularly deadly amongst kids the place the primary signal is usually a rash and if it develops into meningitis, it could actually kill or see victims needing limb amputations.

It may cause septicaemia which cuts off the blood provide to extremities like fingers and arms or legs and toes, killing the flesh and forcing the limbs to be amputated.

Parents have been urged to have their kids vaccinated against the disease and be alert to meningococcal warning signs in their children

Parents have been urged to have their children vaccinated in opposition to the illness and be alert to meningococcal warning indicators of their youngsters


Sudden onset of fever 


Neck stiffness

Joint ache

Rash of purple-red spots or bruises

Dislike of brilliant lights

Nausea and vomiting 

Irritability and high-pitched crying in youngsters

Refusal to eat in youngsters

Difficulty waking in youngsters 

Source: NSW Health

‘If you believe you studied meningococcal illness, do not watch for the rash – see a physician instantly,’ stated Dr Jeremy Smith, Executive Director of Health Protection NSW.

‘Onset of meningococcal illness signs can seem all of the sudden and develop into very critical in a short time.’

While meningococcal illness can nonetheless be deadly inside hours if left untreated, however vaccinations have helped saved its unfold at bay.

Fifteen circumstances of meningococcal illness have been reported in NSW this 12 months, however essentially the most harmful interval for the illness is now in late winter and early spring.

Health chiefs have urged dad and mom of kids beneath 5 to be vigilant as they’re most in danger, together with 15 to 25-year-olds.

Meningococcal micro organism unfold between folks in secretions originating behind the nostril and the throat.

Coughing, kissing, or dwelling with somebody who carries the micro organism will increase the possibilities of contracting the illness.

However, the micro organism are tough to unfold and might’t survive for lengthy outdoors of the human physique. 

Meningococcal micro organism cannot simply be unfold by sharing drinks, meals or cigarettes, says NSW Health 

Health authorities consider 5 to 25 per cent of individuals carry meningococcal micro organism behind their nostril and throat with out displaying any sickness or signs.

The meningococcal bacteria (pictured) already live in the throats of five to 25 per cent of the population believe authorities

The meningococcal micro organism (pictured) already stay within the throats of 5 to 25 per cent of the inhabitants consider authorities