NSW Health alert for meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease can affect people of any age. It can make you very unwell very quickly and can be fatal. If you notice symptoms, see a doctor urgently – don’t wait for the rash.


Symptoms may include:


• sudden and high fever
• lethargy, drowsiness or confusion
• headache
• stiffness and pain in the neck, shoulders, back and other muscles
• dislike of bright lights
• nausea and vomiting
• a red-purple rash that doesn’t disappear when pressure is applied


In young children, symptoms may also include:


• irritability
• difficulty waking up
• high-pitched crying
• rapid or laboured breathing
• refusal to eat


If symptoms rapidly worsen, or if your child is very unwell, call 000 or go straight to your nearest hospital emergency department.

NSW Health issued a press release yesterday urging the community to be alert for the symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear after the notification of three recent cases: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/news/Pages/20230604_00.aspx