Wednesday, 1 November 2016
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 3-year-old boy from regional South Australia, who has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
The strain has been identified as serogroup B.
SA Health has identified numerous people who had contact with the patient, of whom a number 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.
Winter and spring are commonly a higher risk time for meningococcal disease, but as the disease is only spread by close or lengthy contact, there is no increased public health risk.
There have been 34 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 21 cases recorded at the same time last year.
Twenty-one of the cases this year have been the B strain, 10 have been the W strain and three have been the Y strain.
No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.