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6-year-old boy from Kerikeri would have been infectious for seven days, meaning that anyone in close contact with him could be at risk.
The teenager was at Motutapu outdoor education camp at Motutapu Island in Hauraki Bay when he was flown to hospital with suspected meningococcal disease on Saturday afternoon.
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“This is very tragic for the family of the young man who died, and for everyone in the camp, North Bears said the Medical Officer of Health, Dr Simon Baker on Monday.
” We acknowledge the young, their families and The staff in the camp will also feel very upset and worried. “
Northlands Public Health Career had talked to the teenage family about who could otherwise have been in danger during the previous seven days when the young man was infectious, Baker said.
All those in close contact with the young man had received Antibiotics.
“Meningococcal disease is a serious and sometimes fatal disease and can be difficult to diagnose, so we provide information to young people and parents so they can be acute for symptoms,” says Baker.
“It may look like flu early but quickly gets much worse. It’s important to get early treatment.”
Camp senior chief Duncan Watson said suspected diagnosis of meningococcal disease was immediately confirmed on the adolescent’s arrival in hospital.
“The boy did not bump into the camp but developed a rash in hospitals.”
He received emergency medical treatment but unfortunately he died in hospital on Saturday night.
“This is an isolated incident, not another person [at the camp] has the disease,” said Watson.
A second person was taken to the hospital but it was confirmed that he had no disease.
Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) sent personnel to camp to provide protective antibiotics and assess the risk to others.
The medical records confirmed that no one was considered to be at high risk on the island.
Regular activities resumed on Sunday and the group was in pack-up mode on Monday.
The remaining 190 students in the camp would return from Motutapu Island on Monday on the planned ferry.
The family of the dead teenager had requested privacy at this time, Watson said.
Camp is located at Administration Bay on the north shore of Motutapu Island. It gave the place of St. John the camp.
Watson said in his 13 years of work at the camp that there were no serious outbreaks of disease there.
On its website, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service states that meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection, causing two very serious diseases: meningitis (brain inflammation) and septicemia (blood poisoning).
Meningococcal disease can look like flu at its early stages but it is getting worse soon. It is important to get early treatment.
Symptoms include some or all of the following: fever, headache, vomiting, sleepy / confused / devastating, unconsciousness, joint pain, aching muscles, stiff neck, reluctance to bright light, rash – purple or red spots or bruises. Additional symptoms in infants and infants are to be unstructured, floppy or irritated, refuse drinks / foods and become more difficult to wake up.
If you or someone you know has these symptoms, do not wait. Call a physician or Healthline (0800 611 116) immediately.
There are an average of 29 cases of meningococcal disease annually in Auckland, but the numbers range from seven to 47 in 2017.