Meningococcal case - September

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been confirmed in a 46 year-old woman from regional South Australia, who sadly died on Sunday.

The strain has been identified as serogroup W.

SA Health has identified numerous people who had contact with the woman, of whom 11 people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

Meningococcal health information has been distributed to contacts in accordance with the Invasive Meningococcal Disease Communicable Diseases Network Australia: National Guidelines for Public Health Units.

Winter and spring are commonly a higher risk time for meningococcal disease, but as the disease is only spread by close or lengthy contact, there is no increased public health risk.

There have been 27 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 20 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Seventeen of the cases this year have been the B strain, seven have been the W strain and three have been the Y strain.

No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.

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