An infant who died in the Northern Territory after being struck down with meningococcal disease started displaying symptoms less than 12 hours earlier.

The baby, who died late on Sunday night, was enrolled at a childcare centre in Malak, where NT Centre for Disease Control staff will on Tuesday provide preventative antibiotics.

The results of a post-mortem due midweek should determine whether or not the death is linked to a current and unprecedented outbreak of meningococcal W strain in central Australia.

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