Monday, 16 October 2017
Two unrelated cases of meningococcal disease have been notified in a 19-year-old female and 16-year-old female, both from metropolitan Adelaide. Both have been admitted to hospital and are in a stable condition.
The strain has been identified as serogroup B in both patients.
SA Health has identified numerous people who had contact with each of the patients, of whom multiple 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 33 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 20 cases recorded at the same time last year.
Twenty of these cases have been B strain, 10 have been W strain and three have been Y strain.
A total of 27 cases were reported in 2016.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.