19 Dec 2018

Meningococcal outbreak ends in Fiji

2:35 pm on 19 December 2018

Fiji's government has announced the end of the Meningococcal C outbreak that was declared in March this year and which took the lives of six people.

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The announcement comes following a national vaccination campaign which ended at the end of October.

The last confirmed case of Meningococcal C was reported in September.

Eighty-five cases were reported from January 1 to November 25, of which 36 were laboratory confirmed, 10 probable, and 39 suspected cases.

There were six confirmed deaths, of which five were children under the age of five.

While the outbreak of Meningococcal C is officially over, the health ministry is urging everyone to stay aware of the symptoms which include nausea, sensitivity to light, confusion and a skin rash.

The public has also been reminded that the vaccination campaign was only for Meningococcal C, and will not protect against other types of bacteria, including Meningococcal B, which remains rare but deadly.

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