From ABC August 19, 2006
New South Wales Health has issued a meningococcal warning to residents in Sydney's south-west after the death of a teenage girl.
Another man in his 20s is recovering in hospital after contracting the bacterial infection, and is expected to make a full recovery.
New South Wales Health spokesman Jeremy McAnulty says people who were in close contact with the pair have been given antibiotics.
"The alert's sparked by having two cases of meningococcal disease - one fatal unfortunately - in the Sydney south-west area in the last few days," he said.
"I guess it's a reminder that this is the time of year when we tend to see an increase in meningococcal disease and be alert for the symptoms, even though it's an uncommon disease."
Symptoms include a sudden fever, stiff neck, a purple rash or severe headache.
Dr McAnulty says residents of Sydney's south-west should look out for symptoms but need not be alarmed.
"The people at most risk tend to be small babies and young adults, although it can strike people of any age," he said.
"But I guess it is important to stress it is an uncommon disease but people should keep it in the back of their mind."