Meningococcal case

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 2 year-old girl from metropolitan Adelaide. The child has been admitted to hospital and is in a critical condition.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, of whom nine people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

SA Health is aware that a childcare centre where the child attended, as well as a local school sent out alarmist and inaccurate information.

We want to reassure the community that anyone who requires antibiotics has been contacted by SA Health.

As the disease is only spread by close or lengthy contact, there is no increased public health risk.

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 21 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 13 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Strain typing for today’s case is not yet available. Thirteen of the cases this year have been the B strain, five have been the W strain and two have been the Y strain.

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

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