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Meningococcal outbreak hospitalises 5 teens: Ballarat (Scenario)

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

A Meningococcal disease outbreak has left two teens in a critical condition and three more are in a serious but stable condition in Ballarat.

Five teenagers have been hospitalised and are being treated for Meningococcal disease at Ballarat Base Hospital following an outbreak over the weekend.

Jeremy Little, 15, of Sebastopol was diagnosed with the disease on Sunday night.

Within two hours his girlfriend, Monica Templeton, 14, had also been rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Three more patients have also been brought to the hospital and quarantined since Sunday’s outbreak.

Dr Beryl Wainwright, Head of Communicable Disease at Ballarat Base Hosptial, says he’s never seen so many people  affected so quickly by an outbreak.

“We’re extremely concerned,” he said.

“It’s incredibly rare to have this many people present to hospital with such serious conditions in such a short space of time.”

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In Victoria, children under five years of age and young adults aged 15 to 24 years are at the highest risk.

All patients are students of Sebastopol College and it is understood they catch the school bus together.

Sebastopol College Principal, Bruce Feeney, says the school is awaiting instruction from the Department of Education before taking measures to ensure other students are aware of the situation.

The Department of Human services and Ballarat Base Hospital will introduce measures to identify more cases.

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