Toronto declares meningococcal disease outbreak

Toronto reports an outbreak of meningococcal disease, with one death and two contracting a bacterial infection.

The three affected individuals, aged between 20 and 30, began experiencing symptoms between July 15 and 17, according to a Toronto Public Health (TPH) news release on Thursday.

The infected person was born outside Canada in a country that does not offer childhood vaccination against the disease, according to the health department.

It is unknown where the infected person was born.

“TPH has not been able to identify a link between these cases. All three were recently confirmed to have the same rare strain of serogroup C meningococcal disease.

The most invasive meningococcal diseases are associated with a bacterium called meningococcus, which causes infections in the lining of the brain, spinal cord, and bloodstream.

“People spread meningococci to others by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva and saliva). Generally, close or prolonged contact is required to spread these bacteria. is needed,” says TPH.

More specifically, infection can be spread through kissing, coughing, and sharing common items such as dishes, cups, cigarettes, and musical instruments.

Symptoms of infection include fever, pain, joint pain, headache, stiff neck, and photophobia.

The disease is known to progress rapidly and complications include hypotension, seizures, hearing loss, amputation, brain damage and death.

TPH encourages adults between the ages of 20 and 36 to get vaccinated against meningococcal disease as soon as possible if they have not already done so.

According to TPH, the vaccine is 97% effective in infants within one year of vaccination, dropping to 68% after one year.

The health sector said it was monitoring demand for the vaccine and was “actively exploring additional vaccination channels.”

More information about the disease can be found on the city’s website.

Toronto declares meningococcal disease outbreak

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