Meningococcal case

Friday, 17 March 2017

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a three-year-old girl from regional South Australia. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.

The meningococcal strain has been identified as serogroup W.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, of which 16 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 four cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to six cases recorded at the same time last year.

Two of these cases have been W strain, one has been Y strain and one has been B strain.

For more information, see Meningococcal infection - including symtoms, treatment and prevention.

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