Meningococcal case

3 November 2018

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 5-week-old baby boy from metropolitan Adelaide, who has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition. 

The strain has been identified as serogroup B. 

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and four 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 28 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 34 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 28 cases, 23 have been serogroup B, one serogroup Y, and four serogroup W.

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

A total of 36 cases were reported in 2017 (22 were serogroup B, 11 were serogroup W and three were serogroup Y).

For more information about meningococcal disease, see: Meningococcal, incuding symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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