Sixth meningococcal case confirmed in Tasmania on eve of mass public vaccination session

A 66-year-old man is the sixth meningococcal case to be found in Tasmania, announced a day ahead of mass public vaccination sessions in Hobart’s north.

Authorities have yet to determine the strain of the bacteria and the man’s close contacts are being managed by public health.

It is the sixth confirmed case of the disease in Tasmania this year, including the death of a 16-year-old Hobart girl from the W strain last month.

Authorities confirmed three of the cases reported last month were strain W, while one was the B strain.

All Tasmanians born after August 1, 1997, and who are at least six weeks old are eligible for a free vaccination covering the A, C, W and Y strains.

Director of Public Heath Dr Mark Veitch said people in this age group were at higher risk of contracting the disease.

Source: Sixth meningococcal case confirmed in Tasmania on eve of mass public vaccination session – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)