Tuesday, 14 February 2017
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a two-year-old boy from regional South Australia. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
The meningococcal strain has been identified as serogroup W-135.
SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, of which 12 people have been directed to receive antibiotic chemoprophylaxis.
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 three cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to five cases recorded at the same time last year.
A total of 27 cases of meningococcal disease were reported in 2016; five of which were of serogroup W-135 and the remaining cases serogroup B.
For more information, see Meningococcal infection - including symtoms, treatment and prevention.