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Melbourne Teenager Dies From Meningococcal Disease

A Melbourne teenager has died from meningococcal disease, just over a week after completing his Year 12 exams.

Reports say Marcellin College student Matthew Wilkins died on Saturday afternoon, just hours after being admitted to hospital suffering from a severe headache, abdominal pain and vomiting.

Health authorities have confirmed Matthew died of meningococcal meningitis, which is an acute bacterial infection. It is believed to be an isolated case.

According to The Herald Sun, Matthew was admitted to the Austin Hospital about 9am on Saturday and passed away later that afternoon.

Marcellin College have paid tribute to Matthew, sharing images and tributes on social media.

Marcellin College principal Mark Murphy said Matthew was being remembered as a young man of “great humility who never sought the limelight for his achievements”.

Find out more about meningococcal disease HERE

Source: The Herald Sun

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