Year 2 student diagnosed with invasive meningococcal

BREAKING: A Year 2 pupil from a southeast Queensland school has contracted invasive meningococcal disease and is receiving treatment.

Queensland Health has issued a statement confirming a pupil from Hercules Road State School at Kippa-Ring, north of Brisbane, has been diagnosed with the disease.

"Please be assured that the occurrence of this illness does not reflect negatively on the school or the individual, as the disease can be contracted anywhere," the statement said.

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Parents of other pupils have been advised to look out for symptoms. These include:

  • fever where hands and feet may feel cold
  • reduced appetite or vomiting
  • headache
  • stiff neck
  • dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness
  • joint pain
  • rash or red-purple spots or bruises that do not fade under pressure