THREE people from the North Coast were diagnosed with the highly contagious meningococcal disease last week.
The locations of the three patients have not been disclosed by North Coast Area Health Service but all the cases were unrelated.
Symptoms including pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour were recognised by the families of each of the patients and have resulted in their rapid recovery.
Close contacts of the patients have been informed and provided with antibiotics and information.
NCAHS director of public health Paul Corben said in a statement that the number of cases of the disease had been ‘falling over the past 10 years due in part to the success of the meningococcal c vaccination.’
However, these three cases carry the meningococcal case count for 2010 to seven, which is one more than the number of cases in 2009.
In 2008, there were three cases reported on the North Coast.