Meningococcal death baffles doctors

This is the sixth case of meningococcal disease in the region this year.

Close contacts of the patient have been prescribed clearance antibiotics. There are no links between this case and any previous cases.

In June a two-year-old boy with Down syndrome and a heart condition died of meningococcal B infection in the region. 

Last year there were 11 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Up to 10% of patients with meningococcal disease die as a result of the infection.

The National Immunisation Program includes a vaccine for meningococcal C but not meningococcal B. 

The vaccine against infections caused by group B strains has been available for purchase on the private market since March. 

Bexsero is registered for use in children two months and older. The PBAC considered listing it on the NIP at a meeting last month.