South Australia

Meningococcal case 4 January 2019

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A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in a 101-year-old woman from rural South Australia, who has died.

The strain has been identified as serogroup W.

Multiple people who had close contact with the patient have been identified, and 12 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 first case of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia in 2019.

There were a total of 34 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia in 2018. Of the 34 cases, 27 were serogroup B, four serogroup W and three serogroup Y.

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

Source: SA Government