Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Deadly Bacteria Confirmed

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Deadly Bacteria Confirmed

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HEALTH authorities are urging people to be on alert after a Maclean resident was diagnosed with meningococcal disease

Greg Bell from the North Coast Public Health told ABC North Coast it was only the second case recorded in the region so far this year.

He said all close contacts of the person have been identified and given clearance antibiotics, and other contacts have been given information in regards to the disease.

He said anyone showing symptoms should seek medical assistance immediately.

"A fever that comes on very quickly, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain and of course there's the rash that people probably talk about," Mr Bell told the ABC.

"It's sort of a purplish rash, like a bruising type rash.

"I cannot emphasise enough that really and truly if you have these symptoms... we would much rather you ring your doctor, get advice from your doctor or if there is no doctor on duty at the time present to the emergency department. …

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