NSW Health is urging patrons of this year’s Splendor in the Grass festival to check for meningococcal symptoms, after two revelers contracted the disease and one died.
“While the illness is uncommon, it can be serious, so we urge people who attended the event in the North Byron Parklands on July 21-24 to be alert for the symptoms of meningococcal disease and to act immediately if they develop occur,” says NSW Health. said a statement released Friday.
A Sydney man, in his 40s, who attended the festival has died of meningococcal disease, NSW Health said.
“NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to its loved ones.”
Symptoms of the disease include sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, rash from red spots or bruising, an aversion to bright lights, nausea, and vomiting.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease in young children include irritability, difficulty walking, crying high, and refusing food.
The state has seen 15 cases of meningococcal disease this year, which is rare but tends to increase in late winter and spring.
It is most common in children under five and 15-25 years of age.
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