Meningococcal case, February 2018
Monday, 19 February 2018
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 16 year-old male from country South Australia, who has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
The strain has been identified as serogroup B.
SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, of whom 13 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.
There have been four cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to three cases recorded at the same time last year.
Of the four cases in 2018, three have been serogroup B and one serogroup Y.
No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.
A total of 36 cases were reported in 2017: 22 serogroup B, 11 serogroup W, and 3 serogroup Y.
For more information about meningococcal disease, see: Menginococcal - symptoms, prevention and treatment.