Meningococcal case

5 September 2018

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 24-year-old man from metropolitan Adelaide, who is in a stable condition in hospital.

The strain has not yet been identified.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and six 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 21 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, compared to 24 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 21 cases, 16 have been serogroup B, three 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.

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

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