Men-C risk in adults ‘high’

Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Picture: SUPPLIED

ADULTS are highly likely to contract meningococcal disease (Men-C) than children.

This was revealed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete in an interview with this newspaper.

Dr Waqainabete said adults had been advised on the preventative measures for Men-C.

While the country has recorded six deaths from the disease this year, he reiterated the need to seek early medical treatment.

Dr Waqainabete said no country in the world immunised every citizen and this was not a need for Fiji too.

Last year, the ministry vaccinated children between the ages of one and 19 years after the Men-C outbreak in March.

Meanwhile, from the six recorded deaths so far this year, four were adults and two were children.

Dr Waqainabete earlier confirmed that 10 were infected with the bacterial infection.

He added that all patients who died last year were related to Men-C, however, this year there had been a mix of both Men-C and Men-B cases.

“So obviously the mass immunisation we set up last year has worked in protecting our people,” he said.

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