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Newlywed dies just hours after her wedding in Auckland

The 26-year-old started feeling unwell during the ceremony.

An Auckland bride has died just hours after her wedding.

Jamieka McCarthy Harford, 26, fell ill during her wedding ceremony in Whangaparaoa Peninsula on Saturday, and died later that day, Newshub reported.

She had contracted meningococcal disease. Auckland Regional Public Health Service is investigating the case.

“Jamieka was so happy to be married and the wedding was a beautiful, happy occasion, surrounded by love,” her family said in a statement.

Jamieka’s husband told Newshub that her death had come as a huge shock.

“This has been incredibly difficult to process,” he said.

Her funeral will take place in Auckland later this week.

How to spot the signs of meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is an acute bacterial infection that can cause death within hours if not recognised and treated in time.

Common symptoms include:

  • Fever (which may not go down with medication)

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Lack of energy

  • Tiredness or drowsiness

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Dizziness

  • Irritability or agitation

  • A sore throat

You can ring Healthline on 0800 611 116 for free advice at any hour of the day or night.

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