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Meningococcal warning issued to parishioners at Newtown Greek Orthodox church

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A warning has been issued for churchgoers from the Saint Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Newtown after a worshipper was diagnosed with meningococcal infection, according to a 7 News report.

Anyone who attended the parish in Sydney’s inner west is urged to watch for symptoms of the disease.

The infected person attended the church for a service on February 5 from 10.30am-11am.

Sydney Local Health District’s Director of Public Health, Dr Leena Gupta, said while the risk is low, it’s important for the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms.

“Meningococcal disease usually begins with the sudden onset of fever, often with headache, nausea and drowsiness,” Gupta said.

“Neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and a rash of reddish-purple spots or bruises may develop rapidly.

“If you attended this church service and are feeling unwell or have any of the above symptoms, please see a doctor immediately or go to an Emergency Department if symptoms worsen.”

In NSW, the disease is uncommon and occurs most often in winter and spring. Early treatment of the infection is vital.

Source: 7 News.

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