Wellington Under Severe Effect of Meningococcal Disease

Wellington Under Severe Effect of Meningococcal DiseaseDeath of a person in Wellington due to the meningococcal disease has created panic in the region. Following the incident, the health authorities are urging all to stay cautious from the symptoms of meningococcal disease and to consult a medical professional at the earliest.

Along with the death of a person, the disease has also infected four more people in the region this month and is majorly spread in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa, the regions that are citing approx 13-18 cases every year since past five years, said Wellington Region Medical Officer of Health Dr. Annette Nesdale.

"Meningococcal disease starts out looking pretty similar to a flu-like illness but the illness can develop very rapidly over a number of hours and people are often surprised by both the severity and by how quickly it progresses", Dr. Nesdale told APNZ.

She said the professional's team is aiming best to educate more number of people about the symptoms and the signs of the illness to enable them to know how and when they must seek medical help.

Till now, we knew that meningococcal disease majorly affects babies, young children and teenagers but researchers have recently marked that even adults are also at similar risk to the infection. Some of the symptoms of this disease are fever, aching muscles and joints, feeling sleepy or laziness, stiffness in neck etc.