The meningococcal disease that killed a teenager who participated in a St John child cadet camp on a Hauraki Gulf…
The meningococcal disease that killed a teenager who participated in a St John child cadet camp on a Hauraki Gulf island was an isolated incident, says camp leader.
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The remaining 1
90 students in the camp will return from Motutapu Island on Monday on the planned ferry.
The 16-year-old was at Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp when he was flown to hospital with suspected meningococcal disease on Saturday afternoon.
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Campaign manager Duncan Watson said the suspected diagnosis of meningococcal disease was immediately confirmed upon his arrival at the hospital.
“The boy had no rash in the camp but developed rash in hospital.”
He received emergency medical treatment but unfortunately he died in hospital on Saturday night. 19659007] “This is an isolated incident, not another person [at the camp] has the disease,” said Watson.
A second person was taken to hospital but it was confirmed that he did not have the 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 crisis situation has been treated as well as possible,” said Watson.
The 16-year victim was from Kerikeri, said an ARPHS spokesman.
Northland Public Health Unit talked to the family about who could otherwise have been in danger during the previous seven days when the young man was infectious.
The family of the dead teenager had requested privacy at this time, Watson said.
The camp is located at the bay of Bay on Motutapu Island’s north beach. 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.