JUST three weeks ago, Mia Mitchell’s life hung in the balance as deadly meningococcal disease threatened to take away her dad’s little “princess”. Diagnosed with the emerging B-strain, her father Blake Mitchell, 28, and stepmum, Katrina Wood, 21, were told by doctors to prepare for the worst — and to pray for a miracle. “I thought I...Read more
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A child has become the Hunter’s fifth meningococcal case this year, Hunter New England Health has confirmed. Doctors have prescribed clearance antibiotics for the child’s family, and authorities say there are no links between this case and previous outbreaks. Public health physician Dr Tony Merritt said the illness usually resulted in a complete recovery when...Read more
A PREGNANT mother who was rushed to hospital with an ear infection and later died after an emergency Caesarian may have caught the deadly pneumococcal disease from her own unvaccinated toddler. Blood tests have confirmed 35-year-old Imogen Petrak, who gave birth to baby Eleanor four weeks early...Read more
A 51 year old woman from metropolitan Adelaide is in hospital with meningococcal disease as the number of disease victims hits a six-year high. These include Mark Taylor, 53, of Greenwith who died from the B strain of the disease earlier this month after being rushed to Lyell McEwin Hospital. The woman is the 20th case reported...Read more
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