Thursday, 29 December 2016
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 5-year-old girl from regional South Australia. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with this case, of which 34 people have been directed to receive antibiotic chemoprophylaxis.
Meningococcal disease is only spread by close or lengthy contact so there is no increased public health risk.
Meningococcal health information will be distributed to contacts in accordance with the Invasive Meningococcal Disease Communicable Diseases Network Australia: National Guidelines for Public Health Units.
There have been 27 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 30 cases recorded at the same time last year.
This is the fifth case of meningococcal serogroup W-135 reported in 2016; the remaining cases have been meningococcal serogroup B.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.