Meningococcal case 2 July 2019

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

The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

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

Meningococcal health information has been distributed to contacts in accordance with the Invasive Meningococcal Disease CommunicableDiseases Network Australia: National Guidelines for Public Health Units.

There have been 12 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year compared to 13 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 12 cases, eight have been serogroup B, two were serogroup Y and two were serogroup W.

A total of 34 cases were reported in 2018; 27 were serogroup B, four were serogroup W and three were serogroup Y.

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

/Public Release. View in full here.