THE meningo­coc­cal dis­ease

NewsMail - Wide Bay Rural Weekly - - BUSH BANTER -

out­break con­tin­ues in cen­tral Aus­tralia, the Barkly, Kather­ine and Kather­ine west re­gions. To date there have been 25 con­firmed cases of meningo­coc­cal W with one case await­ing fi­nal lab­o­ra­tory test­ing. All of those af­fected in this out­break to date are Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, and 19 cases are chil­dren un­der 10 years of age. The North­ern Ter­ri­tory health au­thor­i­ties are work­ing closely with their coun­ter­parts in the other ju­ris­dic­tions to mount a co-or­di­nated public health re­sponse to the out­break. The NT De­part­ment of Health has iden­ti­fied the close con­tacts of these cases and pro­vided ap­pro­pri­ate an­tibi­otics and a vac­cine to min­imise the chance that the or­gan­ism might be passed on to oth­ers. This week a mass vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram is be­ing rolled out in the af­fected re­gions.

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