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MENINGOCOCCAL DEATH ON THE CENTRAL COAST

A 19-year-old woman has died on the Central Coast, after contracting meningococcal disease.

Mischelle Rhodes died at Gosford Hospital last week from an unconfirmed strain of the disease, with health authorities urging the community to be aware of the symptoms.

People in close contact with Mischelle have been given antibiotics to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

Symptoms can include sudden onset of fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, a rash of red-purple spots or bruises, nausea and vomiting.

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical advice immediately.

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  1. avatar

    I am so sorry to hear
    Our daughter passed away in 2015 from meninigococcal
    Septicemia,and she was only 20 when she passed
    She had her whole life ahead of her.
    And today 4Th of September is her (23rd Birthday)
    My heart goes out to this young ladies family..
    This is a terrible disease…and very distraughting for family that are left behind. R.I.P MISCHELLE XXX