It came after a student who attended the Catholic single-sex private school caught the disease while at a rugby league club – they were taken to hospital but had since recovered and been released.
“Antibiotics are being offered to an additional limited group of students and staff within the school just in case the source of the infection is within this broader group,” Dr Staff said.
Camera IconA note published by the school’s principal. Credit: Supplied
Meningococcal disease can often mimic other common illnesses with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, neck stiffness, headache, joint pain, sensitivity to light or a sudden fever.
A rash of red-purple spots or bruises which does not blanch when pressed is often experienced with the illness, but in some cases a rash doesn’t show, or could be the last symptom to appear.
Meningococcal disease usually causes meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and/or septicaemia (blood poisoning).