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Sadly another death has been reported due to the deadly Meningococcal disease.

A Melbourne teenager has died of meningococcal disease just days after he completed his Year 12 exams.

Matthew Wilkins, an 18-year-old student at Marcellin College in Bulleen, was taken to the Austin Hospital on Saturday after waking up with a severe a headache and abdominal pain.

He died in hospital that night after being diagnosed with Meningococcal meningitis, reports 9 news.

Marcellin College principal, Mark Murphy, said the school community had been devastated by the death.

Mr Murphy said Mr Wilkins will be remembered as “calm, mature, loved and respected”.

“We have all been saddened by Matthew’s sudden death,” Mr Murphy said in a statement.

“He was a person of great humility who never sought the limelight for his achievements.

“We keep in our prayers Matthew’s family, his younger brother James and his many friends.

“In our time of grief and sorrow our community will come together in loving support for each other.”

The school community gathered yesterday outside the College to pray for Matthew and his family.


Related stories:

Last week we shared the story of baby Archie Roberts, five months, who is battling the deadly disease.

Dad issues stern warning to disease threatening his baby boy’s life


There have been FOUR new confirmed cases of Meningococcal in South Australia just last week. Three men, aged 18, 19 and 29, plus a 71-year-old woman have contracted unrelated cases of the disease and they are in a stable condition, SA Health said.

We also shared, health experts issue warning following concerns over an increase in the number of W strain cases of meningococcal.

Sadly recently a QLD toddler passed away from meningococcal B strain.

SYMPTOMS

The signs to look out for are: (via Meningococcal Australia)
• fever
• nausea/vomiting
• lack of energy
• tiredness/drowsiness
• confusion
• irritability or agitation
• a sore throat

Other symptoms include

•backache
•stiff or painful neck
•sensitivity to light
•twitching or convulsions

If anyone suspects meningococcal disease, they should see a doctor immediately and return if symptoms worsen.

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  • It is tragic that so many lives have been destroyed by this disease.
    Not only the sufferers but also their relatives and friends. It is so difficult to locate the earlier sources and those have been in contact with them at all.
    All vaccinations for it should be on PBS and parents approached to consider vaccination. It should be available for all age groups.

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  • Oh my! I’m so sorry!! :-(

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  • So sad! My son was hospitalised at 2 weeks old when he was sick and they thought it was meningococcal, was a very scary time for us

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  • R.I.P. Matthew,a young life taken too soon.

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  • How shocking, what a sudden death ! Awful indeed he died on his brothers birthday :(
    Praying & thinking about the family.

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  • I understand he died on his brother’s birthday. Awful.

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  • Four cases in the last week! That’s high. If only there was a vaccine

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