Meningitis case confirmed

Meningitis case confirmed

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) have today confirmed a case of Group B Invasive Meningococcal Disease involving an NMIT Adventure Tourism student. I am relieved to be able to say that they are on the road to recovery.

NMH Public Health Service have completed their contact tracing, and offered prophylactic antibiotics and advice to those who fit the National Guidelines’ definition of close contacts.

NMH note that while this type of meningitis is relatively rare, with an average of four cases a year in Nelson Marlborough over the last few years, in people who develop the disease there is a high risk of serious complications. Therefore, it is important that our NMIT team members, students and community are aware of the signs and symptoms of this disease, and I remind you of the importance of seeking early medical advice and treatment if there is any suspicion.

I suggest all students and team members read the following public advisory to increase your awareness of this disease. You can read this information on the Ministry of Health website(external link).

If anyone has any queries about meningococcal disease please contact your GP or Healthline free on 0800 611 116.

Liam Sloan
Chief Executive

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