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Boy Dies From Meningococcal In Qld

A boy has died from meningococcal disease in north Queensland.

The Townsville Hospital confirmed the boy died last Friday, in a statement issued by Queensland Health.

Testing has been undertaken on those close to the boy.

Townsville Public Health Unit director Dr Steven Donohue expressed his deepest sympathies to the family while assuring there was little chance the disease had spread further.

"It is not easy to catch meningococcal disease," he said.

He said the bacteria, passed when coughing and sneezing, usually needs close and prolonged contact with a person for it to spread.

AAP

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