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Meningococcal disease hits church-goers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/09/2016

Two people who attended services at the Auckland Fijian Seventh-Day Adventist Church have been diagnosed with the potentially fatal meningococcal disease.

Health authorities are now warning anyone else who attended the services to look out for the symptoms.

The pair were hospitalised by the disease, but one has since been discharged.

"At this stage in our investigation we are unsure if the two cases are linked," said Auckland medical officer of health Shanika Perera.

The warning applies to anyone who attended the Otahuhu church between August 27 and September 5.

Dr Perera said people should watch out for flu-like symptoms that quickly become worse.

Symptoms may include; fever, confusion, sleepiness, dislike of bright lights, stiff neck, joint pain and the appearance of a rash.

Children and babies may also refuse feeds, vomit and can be floppy.

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