Two meningococcal cases

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

The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

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

An unrelated case of invasive meningococcal disease has also been notified in a nine month old girl from metropolitan Adelaide.

The baby has been discharged from hospital and the strain was identified as serogroup Y.

SA Health has identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and five people 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 11 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year compared to 12 cases at the same time last year.

Of the 11 cases, seven have been serogroup B, two have been serogroup Y and two have been 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 identified between these cases or with previously identified cases.

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