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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Queenslanders on alert after three meningococcal cases confirmed at secondary school

Two people from far north Queensland are in hospital being treated for meningococcal disease.

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service said three cases associated with St Mary’s Catholic College were confirmed this week.

Parents were notified on Monday once the first case was confirmed.

Contact tracing was undertaken and the hospital said close household contacts had been provided with antibiotics in line with national guidelines.

Antibiotics will also be offered to students and staff at the school, in case any are carrying the bacteria that causes the disease.

Principal Wayne Wood said two senior students and a teacher had tested positive but he did not confirm which of the three remained in hospital.

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