Baby taken to hospital with suspected meningococcal

INITIAL examination of a 14-month-old boy admitted to Nambour General Hospital with suspected meningococcal showed it was "highly unlikely" he had the disease.

The boy was taken to hospital yesterday afternoon, where a Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said he was in a stable condition.

It was not confirmed he had meningococcal.

Meningococcal disease is a severe but uncommon infection that occurs when meningococcal bacteria invade the body from the throat or nose.

Symptoms in babies include fever, refusing feeds or vomiting, high pitched moaning cry or whimpering, dislike of being handled, rash of red-purple spots or bruises, blank and staring expression, lethargy and pale blotchy complexion.

Symptoms in older children include vomiting, fever, headache and stiff neck.