Queensland toddler dies after catching meningococcal disease

A baby diagnosed in central Queensland with meningococcal sepsis has died.

This week’s diagnosis of the little boy prompted a health alert for Mackay residents.

Local health authorities have said that the child’s close contacts, including his relatives, are treated with antibiotics “in case they carry the same germ and could pass it on to other people”.

Authorities have also advised people in Mackay to be aware of symptoms of the disease as a precaution.

High fever, headache, stiffness of the neck, vomiting, drowsiness and a red or purple rash that can look like tiny skin bruises are some of those symptoms.

“If a person becomes sick with these symptoms you should take them to a doctor immediately,” the Mackay Hospital and Health Service said on Tuesday.

The Meningitis Centre Australia advocacy group has expressed its condolences to the family.

“Our heart goes out to the family, relatives and friends of this little boy,” the organisation’s chief executive Lisa D’Cruz told 7NEWS.com.au.

“It’s such a tragedy.”

She has urged parents to get meningococcal vaccines for their baby.

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