New case of meningococcal in Tasmania brings total to seven in two months

A new case of the potentially deadly meningococcal disease has been recorded in Tasmania, the seventh in two months.

A 64-year-old man from Hobart's eastern shore was today confirmed to have the disease and is currently in a stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The strain of the disease he has contracted is yet to be determined.

The latest infection comes after an outbreak in July when a teenage girl from Hobart's northern suburbs died after being infected with the W strain.

An average of six cases of meningococcal infection are recorded in Tasmania each year.

A public health response is underway following the latest case, with close contacts of the man currently being supported by public health staff to minimise the chance of further infections.

Doctor Scott McKeown, Acting Director of Public Health, said cases of meningococcal disease are slightly more common during winter and spring.

"It can occur at any time in any place and affect people of any age," he said.

"Meningococcal disease is rare but serious."

More than 50,000 doses of meningococcal vaccine have been delivered to general practitioners, pharmacists and clinics across Tasmania as part of a mass immunisation program funded by the state government after the July outbreak.

All Tasmanians born after the 1st of August 1997 and at least six weeks old are eligible for a free meningococcal vaccination covering the A, C, W and Y strains of the disease.

The symptoms of meningococcal disease can include fever, severe headache, confusion, severe muscle pain, and rash.

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