Meningococcal case, 1 November 2019

1 November 2019

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 21-year-old male from metropolitan South Australia, who is in a stable condition in hospital.

The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing  has identified multiple people who have had contact with the patient and those with close contact 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 25 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year compared to 26 cases recorded at the same time last year. Of the 25 cases in 2019, 17 have been serogroup B, four were serogroup Y, four were serogroup W.

No links have been identified with this case and previous cases.