Toddler battling meningococcal after misdiagnosis
The parents of a Perth toddler in hospital battling meningococcal fear they could have been infected by the disease after doctors first misdiagnosed their child.
Doctors initially thought Kobee Winfield, who is almost three, had meningitis when he was admitted to Perth Children’s Hospital on Wednesday evening. He had been unwell since Saturday.
However, he was diagnosed with the much more serious condition of meningococcal on Thursday morning. His parents claim they were only given antibiotics 12 hours later.
“He was just very tired, lethargic, he couldn’t stand up, he couldn’t hold himself,” Kobee’s mother, Skye Winfield, told 9News.
“He had very stiff muscles, he was in pain.”
Ms Winfield claims doctors did not leave her or her partner Adam any information about meningococcal after their son’s diagnosis.
“They didn’t tell us what was going on, so we had no idea really,” she said.
In a statement to 9News, the Western Australian Health Department said it was unable to confirm Kobee’s case of meningococcal.
“The Department of Health routinely identifies the close contacts of all notified cases of meningococcal disease and provides them with information and, where appropriate, antibiotics and a vaccine,” the statement said.
There have been seven cases of meningococcal reported this year. There are different strains of the bacteria known by letters of the alphabet, including A, B, C, W and Y. Of the reported cases, three of them were confirmed as being of the W strain of the disease.
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