Meningococcal case, 22 November 2019

22 November 2019

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 17-year-old male from metropolitan Adelaide, who is in a critical condition in hospital.

The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and nine 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 27 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 30 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 27 cases in 2019, 19 have been serogroup B, four serogroup Y, and four have been serogroup W.

No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.