7 month old Adelaide baby with meningococcal

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

The strain has been identified as Serogroup B.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing has identified multiple people who have had contact with the patient and 26 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 third case of invasive meningococcal disease reported in SA this year compared to 16 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the three cases, two have been serogroup B and one serogroup Y.

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

SOURCE: Mirage News

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