Meningococcal case 7 August 2018
7 August 2018
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 59-year-old woman from rural South Australia, who is in a stable condition in hospital.
The strain has been identified as serogroup B.
SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and two close contacts 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 19 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, compared to 21 recorded at the same time last year.
Of the 19 cases, 16 have been serogroup B, two serogroup W and one serogroup Y.
No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.
There were 36 cases of meningococcal disease in 2017: 22 were serogroup B, 11 were serogroup W and three were serogroup Y.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.