There's been another case of meningococcal disease in the Hunter.
Hunter New England Health says a man is in a stable condition in hospital after catching the potentially deadly illness.
He's the eighth case locally so far this year.
A young man died from meningococcal disease in February.
Meningococcal disease is a rare, life-threatening condition. While the disease is very serious, in most cases early detection and treatment result in complete recovery.
Symptoms are often non-specific, and may include sudden onset of fever, headache, neck stiffness, dislike of bright lights, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.
Not all people with meningococcal disease develop a rash but if a rash occurs it typically does not disappear with gentle pressure on the skin. The rash is often red-purplish spots that may look like bruising.