Meningococcal case 29 November 2018

Thursday 29 November 2018

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in an 18-month-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide, who is in a stable condition in hospital.

The strain has been identified as serogroup B. 

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and 28 people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

SA Health is working closely with the Kesters Road Child Care Centre at Para Hills West to ensure all children and parents at the centre who may have been in contact with the boy receive the appropriate advice. 

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 31 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to 35 cases recorded at the same time last year. 

Of the 31 cases, 25 have been serogroup B, four serogroup W, and two serogroup Y. 

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, visit Meningococcal infection - including symptoms, treatment and prevention

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