WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Health authorities in New Zealand say they've confirmed a 12th case of meningococcal disease less than a month after a teen died of the infection.
The unidentified patient was admitted to Wellington Hospital Oct. 14 and remains in stable condition, The Dominion Post reported Monday.
There have been 11 other cases reported in the region so far this year and two teenagers, Penelope Lake and Joshua Hinaki, both 19, have died.
Seven of the cases were diagnosed in September.
Meningitis is a bacterial infection of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
Symptoms can include fever, headache, aversion to light, vomiting, confusion and a decreased level of consciousness, health authorities said.
Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek urgent medical attention because early treatment is vital, regional public health officials said.