Meningococcal infection has caused a death in Toronto. Health unit not able to identify link between the three cases
Toronto Public Health is reporting an outbreak of meningococcal infection. An infection that happened in the city which has killed one person.
The public health department of the city confirms cases of meningococcal invasive disease in three people. These are people, who are between the ages of 20-30 old. The ones, who first began to exhibit symptoms between July 15 and 17.
It states that all affected people have been born outside Canada. Furthermore, in other countries who do not offer vaccinations for children against the disease.
Toronto Public Health says. It is unable to establish a link between the three cases. However, the three patients have been identified to have the same meningococcal serogroup C disease.
Meningococcal disease is a term used to describe illnesses. Thus, an illness, caused by bacteria known as Neisseria meningitides. They tend to be severe and may be fatal and cause meningitis. Furthermore, infection of the brain’s lining the spinal cord. As well as, the bloodstream and brain.
The first signs are pain, fever joint pain & headache stiff neck. Furthermore, sensitivity to light, and are often similar to symptoms of influenza. In addition to this, others viral illnesses. Obviously, which makes it difficult to identify.
Meningococcal bacteria are spread by exchanging throat and respiratory fluids. Hence, most often by close contact. Such as kissing or coughing & sharing cups. Also, the utensils, cigarettes, and musical instruments.
The health department is encouraging everyone aged 20 to 35 years of age. Also, those, who haven’t had a vaccine against meningococcal diseases. Obviously, to speak with their doctor to get one as soon as they can.