Meningococcal Disease is a bacteria that lives in tissues of the back of the throat and the nose. It can only be transferred if you cough on someone. When it gets into the tissue that surrounds the spinal cord and the brain it can cause symptoms such as high fevers, chills and it can be concerning in young children.
In case you have any concerns linked to Meningococcal Disease, or if you are experiencing these symptoms, it is recommended to speak to your GP. Antibiotics and/ or vaccination are used to prevent and treat the disease.
Dr Tamara Hunter is a regular guest host on Perth’s Channel 9. She is a Fertility Specialist and Gynaecologist in Perth, Western Australia.