Spilt Milk: Meningococcal warning after ACT music pageant

The ACT state authorities is warning anybody who attended a well-liked Canberra music pageant in November to stay vigilant for signs of a virulent disease they might have been uncovered to on the venue.

Well being authorities are urging individuals who attended Spilt Milk pageant on the weekend of November 26 to maintain a watch out for signs of meningococcal illness, and act instantly in the event that they establish any.

An individual who attended the pageant has since been identified and is in Canberra Hospital.

Authorities are figuring out shut contacts of the person and contacting them immediately.

ACT chief well being officer Dr Kerryn Coleman mentioned meningococcal, though unusual, may be extreme and result in lifelong issues or loss of life.

“We’re urging individuals who attended the Spilt Milk pageant at Exhibition Park in Canberra on the weekend to pay attention to the signs of meningococcal illness. One of many extra well-known signs is a rash however this might not be current in any respect, or could come very late within the sickness”, mentioned Dr Coleman.

Widespread signs of the illness embody a sudden onset fever, complications, neck stiffness, joint ache, a crimson/purple spotty or bruise like rash, irritability to shiny mild, nausea and vomiting.

Signs in kids and younger persons are much less frequent, however can embody irritability, issue strolling, high-pitched crying and lack of urge for food.

“Folks can carry meningococcal micro organism of their throats and never have signs, however go it on to shut contacts. In the event you suspect signs of meningococcal illness, please search medical overview instantly”, mentioned Dr Coleman.

Vaccinations in opposition to the illness have rendered it “unusual,” however children beneath 5 years previous and other people aged between 15-25 are most liable to contracting meningococcal.

Meningococcal vaccinations can be found without spending a dime for all kids at 12 months, adolescents and other people of all ages with medical circumstances by the nationwide immunisation program.

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