Meningococcal case 22 October 2021

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 12-year-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide. The child has been admitted to hospital in a stable condition.

The strain has been identified as serogroup W.

Multiple people who had close contact with the patient have been identified, and six people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

Meningococcal health information is being distributed to other contacts in accordance with the Invasive Meningococcal Disease Communicable Diseases Network Australia: National Guidelines for Public Health Units.

This is the eighth case of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year compared to four cases reported at the same time last year. Of the eight cases, five were serogroup W and three were serogroup B.

A total of five cases were reported in 2020. Of the five cases, three were serogroup B and two were serogroup Y.

For more information about meningococcal disease, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.

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