Child contracts meningococcal in Tasmania | Ralph Lauren

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A preschool-aged child is recovering in hospital after contracting meningococcal in northwest Tasmania.

The child, who was diagnosed on Friday, is in a stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital and there is no increased risk to the community, the state’s public health department says.

Information has been sent to family and close contacts, including staff and other kids at the Ulverstone Child Care Centre where the child attends.

“The identified close contacts have been advised to have antibiotic treatment to clear any meningococcal bacteria they might be carrying,” the department said in a statement on Monday.

“This is to help prevent spread to others. The chance of a close contact also developing the disease is very low.”

The strain of the meningococcal bacteria is yet to be identified.

All children can continue to attend the centre and visit other places.

There is no need for isolation or quarantine for people who are close contacts of someone with meningococcal, the department says.

It is Tasmania’s third case of meningococcal this year, after six in 2019.

The disease, which can be deadly, is mainly spread through droplets transmitted from the mouth and nose.

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