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Third meningococcal case from NSW festival

Those who attended NSW's Splendour In The Grass are urged to be on alert for meningococcal symptoms. (Jason O'BRIEN/AAP PHOTOS) (AAP)

A child from the NSW north coast may be the third person linked to the recent Splendour In The Grass festival to contract meningococcal disease.

Earlier this month a Sydney man in his 40s who had attended the festival died with the disease.

NSW Health has urged anyone who attended Splendour In The Grass - which took place from July 21-24 at the North Byron Parklands - to be alert to symptoms of the potentially fatal disease.

Anyone showing symptoms - which can include a red or purple rash, fever, headache, stiffness, light sensitivity, nausea, diarrhoea, drowsiness and confusion - are urged to contact a doctor immediately.

Although the diseases is uncommon it can be fatal, with authorities warning it can develop very quickly and kill within hours.

A Northern Territory man in his 30s died with meningococcal on Friday, while a two-year-old child with the diseases died in rural South Australia in July.

Health authorities in the territory said the man had undertaken no recent interstate or international travel.

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