Meningococcal case 23 October

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 13-year-old girl from metropolitan Adelaide, who is in a stable condition in hospital.

The strain has not yet been identified.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing has identified multiple people who have had close contact with the patient and seven people 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.

This is the fourth case of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year compared to 23 cases recorded at the same time last year. Of the four cases, two have been serogroup B, one serogroup Y and one has not yet been identified.

A total of 27 cases were reported in 2019; 19 were serogroup B, four were serogroup W and four were serogroup Y.

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