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Meningococcus W confirmed as a burden behind the death of Hobart teenager



Updated

July 23, 2018 12:11:37

The Tasmanian teenager who died of meningococcal disease this month had the W strain of bacteria, according to the health department.

Health director Mark Veitch said a 20-year-old man, who was also hospitalized but later released, was infected with the B strain – confirming that the cases were unrelated.

The funeral of 16-year-old Sarah Beltz took place on Friday.

In a statement, Dr. Veitch that the burdens of the two recent cases were reported to Public Health Services at the end of last week.

"After consulting the families of the two cases, it was decided that out of respect for the 1

6-year-old girl's family, information about the serotype would not be released in the days immediately following her funeral," he said.

"Since her death remains before the coroner, it is not appropriate to comment on her case."

Dr. Veitch said both cases were the first cases of any meningococcal disease in Tasmania this year. 19659003] "In the ten years from 2009 to 2018, there were on average about six cases of meningococcal disease per year in Tasmania"

"On average, there are fewer than three cases of meningococcal B disease and fewer than two cases Meningococcal W Disease Every Year in Tasmania. "

Dr. Veitch said a baby remains in a stable but satisfying state with meningococcal disease at Royal Hobart Hospital.

"The serogroup test is not complete for this case," he said.

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meningococcal,

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July 23, 2018 12:04:54


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