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    Posted: October 13 2017 at 5:38pm
I am flummoxed!  I do not know how old this story is.  It appeared on my alert system 3 hours ago but bore the date 2001.  Then it re-appeared just now bearing the date 'One Hour Ago'.  They were definitely the same article,  

So, either it is ancient and someone is trying it on, or it was published originally with the wrong date and has been revised since.  I'm off to bed so someone more alert can check it out.

Meningococcal outbreak worries families in Central Australia

Posted about an hour ago

Grandmother of three Vanessa Smith isn't taking any chances with her 12-month-old grandson Mattio, or her six-year-old granddaughter Rexena.

"You would rather get the injection now than have them in Alice Springs Hospital waking up with limbs missing from the disease itself," Ms Smith said.

An outbreak of the W strain of the deadly disease meningococcal has prompted health authorities to immunise the most vulnerable.

In the hallway of the remote health clinic mums and dads, grandparents and uncles line up with their little ones.

"I'm very concerned," said Kevin Ashby, the father of a nine-year-old boy.

"There's been a number of outbreaks, so I think it's a good thing to get down here, get the kids done."

So far there have been 26 cases of the contagious disease in remote parts of the Northern Territory, with new cases confirmed in the APY lands near the South Australian border, and in remote parts of WA.

Geraldine Ashby is a remote nurse in Santa Teresa, and a parent.

"Once the word gets out that the vaccines are here, and available, hopefully we'll get some more mums bringing in their babies," Ms Ashby said.

Jump in number of cases

The cause of the outbreak remains a mystery.

"Meningitis typically does occur in spring, however we would normally see anything between zero and four cases per year," Charles Douglas from the NT's Centre for Disease Control said.

"This year we've seen 26 so it's something very unusual."

Last year there were only three cases recorded.

"Anywhere between 10 and 20 per cent of us are carrying the germ in our throats at any one time, and we don't know it, we don't feel it," Dr Douglas said.

"Then something happens and that person becomes sick with it, we don't fully understand why."

Seek help early

Anybody who is aged between one and 19 and lives in a remote community in Central Australia will be offered the vaccine for free, as well as any Aboriginal person living in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek or Katherine.

"People in the past have had to have limbs amputated, and sometimes end up with brain damage, but the important message to get across is seek help early," Dr Douglas said.

The W strain of the disease is not covered under the general free vaccination schedule in the NT, but the Centre for Disease Control plans to introduce it next year.

"In the Northern Territory we will be hopefully introducing the vaccine that covers the strain W early next year," Dr Douglas said.

The current roll-out of the free vaccine for remote communities should be completed within three weeks.


Source:   http:///www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-14/meningococcal-outbreak-in-central-australia-worries-families/9048776

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Well obviously it was current as now we have this:

Unknown strain of meningococcal claims the life of a child in Darwin, Northern Territory Health Department confirms

LUCY HUGHES JONES, KIERAN BANKS and CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News
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Darwin meningococcal death not related to outbreak in Central Australia

outbreak in Central Australia

Posted 31 Dec 9999, 11:59pm

The death of a child who was infected with meningococcal disease in Darwin is being treated as an isolated incident, after authorities confirmed the toddler was infected with a strain separate to the current outbreak in Central Australia.

The Centre for Disease Control said close family members and children who attended the Malak Family Day Care will be offered a vaccination against the meningococcal B strain, which took the life of the child at the weekend.

There were concerns the W strain had spread north to Darwin, but testing has confirmed the child was infected with the B strain, which is prevented using a vaccinations administered by most doctors and chemists.

The W strain has so far infected 27 people in remote parts of the Northern Territory, with cases confirmed in the APY lands near the South Australian border and in remote parts of Western Australia.

There has been a roll-out of vaccinations of the W strain in some remote communities.

On Tuesday, an adult resident of Darwin was admitted to the Royal Darwin Hospital, with tests today confirming meningococcal disease.

The Centre for Disease Control has said the case has no connection to the outbreak in Central Australia or the recent death in Darwin.

Dr Charles Douglas, Centre for Disease Control Community Physician, said that individuals and parents should not be alarmed but should remain vigilant.

Source:   http:///www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-18/meningococcal-death-not-related-to-outbreak/9063924

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