Three meningococcal cases

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Three unrelated cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been notified in people across South Australia.

A 20 year old woman from metropolitan Adelaide, a 31 year old male from regional South Australia and a 51 year old woman from regional South Australia have contracted the disease. All are in hospital in a stable condition.

One case has been identified as a B-strain and one case a W-strain. The other strain is yet to be identified.

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.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with each case and directed a number of people to receive antibiotic chemoprophylaxis.

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 11 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 12 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Four of these cases have been B strain, four have been W strain and two have been Y strain, with one unidentified.

A total of 27 cases of meningococcal disease were recorded in 2016.

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