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NSW Health meningococcal warning for Splendor in the Grass attendees after one person dies

Written by Javed Iqbal

NSW Health is urging patrons of this year’s Splendor in the Grass festival to monitor for symptoms of meningococcal disease after two revelers contracted the disease and one died.

“Although the disease is uncommon, it can be serious, so we urge people who attended the event at North Byron Parklands on 21-24 July to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease and act immediately if they appear,” NSW Health said in a statement issued on Friday.

A person who attended Splendor in the Grass last month has died of meningococcal disease.

A person who attended Splendor in the Grass last month has died of meningococcal disease. Credit:Getty

A Sydney man in his 40s who attended the festival has died of meningococcal disease, NSW Health says.

“NSW Health extends its sincere condolences to his loved ones.”

Symptoms of the disease include sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, joint pain, rash of red spots or bruises, aversion to bright light, nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms in young children include irritability, difficulty walking, loud crying and food refusal.

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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