Thursday, 5 January 2017
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 10-month-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
SA Health identified 25 people who had contact with this case, of which five 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.
This is the first case of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia for 2017. This case was identified as meningococcal serogroup B.
There were 27 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia during 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.