Meningococcal case - 21 July 2021

21 July 2021

A case of invasive meningococcal disease has been notified in an 18-year-old man from metropolitan Adelaide. He has been admitted to hospital and is in a stable condition.

The strain has been identified as serotype B.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing has identified multiple people who had contact with the man, and 25 people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

Meningococcal health information has been distributed to contacts in accordance with the Invasive Meningococcal Disease Communicable Disease Network Australia: National Guidelines for Public Health Units.

There have been six cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia this year, compared to two cases recorded at the same time last year. Of the six cases, three are serogroup B, and three are serogroup W.

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.