Teenager struck down by Men B in South Australia

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 15 year old boy from regional South Australia.

The boy is in a stable condition in hospital. The strain has been identified as serogroup B.

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 six cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia to date this year, the same as this time last year.

Of the six cases, five have been serogroup B and one serogroup Y.

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

There were a total of 36 cases of meningococcal in 2017: 22 were serogroup B, 11 were serogroup W and three were serogroup Y.



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