NSW renews meningococcal warnings

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Saturday, June 5, 2004. 6:38am (AEST)

NSW renews meningococcal warnings

Health authorities are warning parents and doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of the potentially deadly meningococcal disease.

New South Wales Health says winter and spring are the seasons when there is an increase in the disease.

New South Wales Health spokesman Dr Paul Armstrong says symptoms include nausea, headaches, tiredness and a rash.

Dr Armstrong says early identification and treatment of the disease is vital to recovery.

"The chance of survival is very good," he said.

"Only less than 10 per cent of people actually die from meningococcal disease and it is important to remember that early treatment and early presentation to a health care facility, or your GP, can help save lives."


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