Late last night thousands of Splendour in the Grass ticket holders received an email alerting them that NSW Health has been notified of two cases of meningococcal disease in people who attended the festival.
One of the cases was a man in his 40s from Sydney who died with meningococcal disease.
The mass email send out stipulated that although the disease is uncommon, it can be severe. ‘We are urging people who attended the event in the North Byron Parklands on 21 – 24 July to be alert to the symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear.’
If you suspect symptoms of meningococcal disease, please contact a doctor immediately.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease are non-specific
Symptoms of meningococcal disease are non-specific but include: sudden onset of fever; headache; neck stiffness; joint pain; a rash of red-purple spots or bruises; dislike of bright lights, and; nausea and vomiting.
Young children may have less specific symptoms, these may include: irritability; difficulty waking; high-pitched crying, and; refusal to eat.
Not all of the symptoms may be present at once.
NSW Health says far this year, there have been 15 cases of meningococcal disease reported in NSW.
While meningococcal disease is now uncommon thanks to vaccination, it can occur year-round. We tend to see increases in late winter and early spring, with children under five and 15 to 25-year-olds at the greatest risk of contracting the disease.
For more information on vaccination or symptoms, transmission, risks and treatment of Meningococcal, see the NSW Health website.
If you require further information, please contact your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.