A NEWCASTLE nursing home resident admitted to hospital has been confirmed as suffering from meningococcal.
Anglican Care said Hunter New England Population Health (HNEPH) had confirmed the Jesmond Grove resident's case and advised the risk of subsequent cases were extremely low.
"The source of the infection is unknown, and may never be known," Anglican Care said in a statement.
"HNEPH has confirmed there has been no failure in infection control or staff practices at the facility."
"Anglican Care will be guided by the expertise of HNEPH at this time."
The Hunter case follows a toddler from the New England region who died following a confirmed meningococcal case earlier this week.
The toddler's was the fourth case of the disease in the Hunter New England Health district so far this year.
Public health physician Dr David Durrheim said the disease tended to spike in spring after the flu season.
Most cases occur in infants, young children, teenagers and young adults, although people of any age can be affected," he said on Tuesday.
"Meningococcal disease usually begins with the sudden onset of fever, often with headache, nausea and drowsiness.
"Neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights and a rash of reddish-purple spots or bruises may develop rapidly.