Meningococcal case, 26 October 2019

26 October 2019

A case of meningococcal disease has been notified in a 10-year-old girl from rural South Australia, who is in hospital in a stable condition.

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 24 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 25 at the same time last year. Of the 24 cases this year, 16 have been serogroup B, four were serogroup Y, and four were serogroup W.

There are no identified links between this case and any previous cases.