Life-threatening bacterial diseases are on the rise across NSW

“We urge people to pay close attention to symptoms, trust their instincts and seek urgent medical attention if symptoms worsen or if they or those caring for them seem very unwell .”

A meningococcal rash.

A meningococcal rash.Credit:Jane Dyson

Between September and December 2022, 137 cases of iGAS were reported in NSW and last year 36 cases of meningococcal disease were reported nationally.

Signs of serious illness include fever, rapid heartbeat, cold hands and feet or a patchy appearance of the skin, difficulty waking up, or increased lethargy or confusion. Nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain may also be present.

Bishop said she doesn’t know how she got infected, “but probably from a tiny scratch on my elbow, I certainly didn’t notice anything”.

“Trust your gut and get checked out if something seems wrong,” she said. “As mothers, we can be the worst when we get to the back of the line or move on. Time is of the essence with something like this, so don’t hesitate.


“I am beyond grateful for the exceptional care I received from everyone at Hornsby Hospital who saved my arm and life.”

More information on iGAS and IMD can be found on the NSW Health website. If you are concerned about your health or that of your child, call your GP or HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.

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