Meningococcal case, September 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 68-year-old man from metropolitan Adelaide. The man has been admitted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

The strain has been identified as serogroup W.

SA Health has identified numerous people who had contact with the patient, of whom four people 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 26 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 19 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Seventeen of the cases this year have been the B strain, six 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, see Meningococcal infection, including symptoms, prevention and treatment.

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