Renewed warning to Splendor in the Grass festival-goers as third person tests positive for meningococcal disease

Splendor in the Grass festival-goers have been urged to watch for symptoms after a third person attending the event tested positive for meningococcal disease.

Health authorities confirmed the likely third case in a child from the north coast of NSW who attended the three-day music festival in North Byron Parklands.

Earlier this month, NSW Health reported that two people who attended the July 21-24 event tested positive.

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One of the cases was a Sydney man in his forties, who died of the disease.

“While the disease is uncommon, it can be serious,” NSW Health wrote in a statement.

“So we urge people and their close contacts who attended the event in the North Byron Parklands on July 21-24 to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease and to act immediately if they occur.”

The health agency warned that people can carry and pass meningococcal bacteria in their throats on close contact, despite not experiencing any symptoms.

There have been 17 cases of meningococcal disease reported in New South Wales so far this year.

NSW Health said that although meningococcal disease is now uncommon due to high vaccination rates, it can occur year round.

We tend to see increases in late winter and early spring, with children under five and 15 to 25-year-olds most at risk for contracting the disease.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the community from the harmful effects of meningococcal disease.

Northern territory man dies

A Darwin man in his 30s has died of meningococcal disease, Northern Territory Health has confirmed.

The man died at the Royal Darwin Hospital and had no recent interstate or international travel.

“We extend our condolences (to) this man’s family and friends,” NT Health wrote in a statement.

Meningococcal disease is a rare but serious and sometimes fatal infection.

“Anyone with a suspected meningococcal infection should see a doctor immediately. It can be fatal within hours, so early diagnosis and treatment is vital.”

Symptoms of meningococcal disease are nonspecific, but include:

  • sudden onset of fever
  • Headache
  • neck stiffness
  • joint pain
  • rash of red-purple spots or bruises
  • hate bright lights
  • nausea and vomiting.

Young children may have less specific symptoms, which may include:

  • Irritability
  • difficulty waking up
  • high-pitched cry
  • refusal to eat.

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