Ballarat university student dies of meningococcal disease

A 19-year-old university student has died after contracting meningococcal disease in Ballarat, west of Melbourne. What is meningococcal disease? Acute bacterial infection which spreads through close human contact Highest at-risk groups are infants, teenagers and young adults Symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, vomiting, nausea Simple precautions include washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes Can lead to permanent disabilities or death in 24 hours, although majority of victims fully recover Source: Meningococcal Australia, Department of Health The victim was a student at the Australian Catholic University. The Department of Health and Human Services said more tests…
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