Meningococcal case 3 October 2018
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 2-year-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide, who is in a serious condition in hospital.
The strain has been identified as serogroup B.
SA Health is working with a metropolitan childcare centre and is contacting all people who have been in contact with the patient. Sixty-four people are being recommended 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 23 confirmed cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, compared to 31 cases recorded at the same time last year.
Of the 23 cases, 19 have been serogroup B, three serogroup W and one serogroup Y.
No links have been established between this case and other recent cases.
Parents are reminded that free meningococcal B vaccinations are now available for children aged between six weeks and under four years of age.
For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.