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Australia Hobart man, 66, contracts meningococcal

04:56  03 august  2018
04:56  03 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A 66 -year-old man is being treated for meningococcal disease at the Royal Hobart Hospital, the sixth case recorded in Tasmania this year.

A 66 -year-old Hobart man is the latest Tasmanian to contract meningococcal disease, prompting renewed warning from health authorities.The All Extracted Terms (Click to add to search.) Hobart man , 66 , contracts meningococcal contract meningococcal disease Royal Hobart Hospital

A health care professional prepares to administer a vaccine that combats four strains of meningococcal to a baby. © AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones A health care professional prepares to administer a vaccine that combats four strains of meningococcal to a baby. A 66-year-old Hobart man is the latest Tasmanian to contract meningococcal disease, prompting renewed warning from health authorities.

The Claremont man, who is being treated at the Royal Hobart Hospital, is the sixth case of the disease recorded in the state this year.

"The man's close contacts are currently being managed by public health to minimise the chance of further infections," Tasmania's director of public health Mark Veitch said in a statement on Friday.

"The strain of the disease has yet to be determined."

It comes a week after the government announced free vaccinations for all Tasmanians under the age of 21.

The first public vaccination clinic will be held at the Derwent Entertainment Centre this weekend.

Meningococcal vaccines to continue for NSW teens to combat rise in cases .
Lily O'Connell was diagnosed with the Meningococcal W strain last year, one of several similar cases in recent years. Now the NSW Government has announced the continued roll out of vaccines for teenagers at at-risk ages.

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