Meningococcal case - 11 July 2018

11 July 2018

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 7-month-old girl from rural South Australia, who is in a critical condition in hospital.

The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and 11 close contacts 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 17 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, equal to 17 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 17 cases, 14 have been serogroup B, two serogroup W, one serogroup Y and one awaiting further typing.

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

There were 36 cases of meningococcal disease in 2017: 22 were serogroup B, 11 were Serogroup W and three were serogroup Y.

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