Another case of meningococcal disease has been confirmed in Tasmania.
It is the third case this year.
Director of Public Health Dr Mark Veitch said a three month-old baby boy presented at the Royal Hobart Hospital on Thursday with symptoms consistent with meningococcal disease.
“Testing conducted last night and today confirmed the child had meningococcal disease,” Dr Veitch said.
“The child is in a stable condition in the RHH.”
Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Hobart has been discharged from the Royal Hobart Hospital after contracting the disease. A 16-year-old Hobart girl recently died.
Dr Veitch said Population Health Services had initiated a public health response to ensure the risk of a secondary infection is minimised.
He said this included providing family and close contacts with advice and an antibiotic, and providing information about meningococcal symptoms to people who may have had lesser contact with the child.
Population Health Services does not believe this case is linked to either of the two cases last week.
The strains of meningococcal bacteria involved in the previous two cases have been determined. Population Health Services are in the process of discussing this information with the families involved before it can be released.
Dr Veitch said meningococcal disease was rare but serious.
On average, Tasmania has five or six cases of meningococcal disease a year.
“Cases of meningococcal disease are slightly more common during winter and spring, but can occur at any time in any place and affect people of any age,” Dr Veitch said.
The symptoms of meningococcal disease can include fever, severe headache, confusion, severe muscle pain, and rash.