Wednesday, 11 April 2018
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in an 11-year-old girl from metropolitan Adelaide, who has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.
The meningococcal strain has been identified as serogroup B.
SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, of which 13 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.
There have been seven cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, compared to six cases recorded at the same time last year.
Of the seven cases this year, six have been B strain, and one Y strain.
No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.
There were a total of 36 cases of meningococcal disease in 2017. Twenty-two were B strain, 11 were W strain and three were Y strain.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.