Killer bug strikes Middle Pocket mother

By HANNAH ROSS

MENINGOCOCCAL disease took the life of a woman from Middle Pocket early on Thursday morning, just a few short hours after she had arrived at Mullumbimby hospital suffering symptoms of the disease.

The middle-aged mother of three attended Mullumbimby Hospital on Wednesday evening and was quickly transferred to Tweed Heads Hospital by road ambulance.

The woman's death is only the second fatal case of meningococcal in NSW this year.

Assistant director of public health with the North Coast Area Health Service, Greg Bell, said meningococcal disease was transmitted through 'prolonged, intimate contact'. He said the case did not heighten the public health risk.



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