Health Alert: Devonport Woman Treated for Meningococcal

A Devonport woman in her 30’s is being treated for meningococcal at the Mersey Community Hospital after she was admitted on Sunday. Her closest contacts have been provided antibiotics to prevent the spread of the disease.

Currently in Tasmania if you were born after  the 1st of August 1997, and are at least 6 weeks old are eligible to receive a free meningococcal vaccine. You can get this vaccine by visiting your local GP.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services some of the symptoms of Meningococcal are:

  • fever
  • severe aches and pains
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • confusion.

Infants can be

  • distressed
  • limp
  • pale
  • feed poorly.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the best way to stay safe from the disease is to be vaccinated and this can be done by visiting your local GP and paying the associated fee.

Find out more by going to https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/menw