First case of meningococcal for 2020 in WA

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WA has recorded its first case of meningococcal for 2020.

An adult is recovering after being diagnosed with the serogroup W strain of the disease.

Meningococcal disease is an uncommon, life-threatening illness caused by a bacterial infection of the blood and/or the membranes that line the spinal cord and brain.

Symptoms of invasive meningococcal disease may include high fever, chills, headache, neck stiffness, nausea and vomiting, drowsiness, confusion, and severe muscle and joint pains.

Young children may not complain of symptoms, so fever, pale or blotchy complexion, vomiting, lethargy (inactivity), poor feeding and rash are important signs.

A vaccine to protect against four serogroups of the meningococcal disease (serogroups A, C, W and Y) is offered free to all children in WA at 12 months of age.

The vaccine is also offered to all teenagers in Year 10, with a catch up program for 15-19 years.