Teenager in hospital with meningococcal disease in South Australia

Melissa IariaNCA NewsWire
Five cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been reported in South Australia this year.
Camera IconFive cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been reported in South Australia this year. Credit: istock

An Adelaide teenager has been diagnosed with invasive meningococcal disease.

The 13-year-old boy is in a stable condition in hospital, SA Health said on Monday.

The strain has been identified as serogroup, or type, B.

Health authorities have identified multiple people who have had contact with the teen, eight of whom were directed to receive clearance antibiotics.

Health information about meningococcal has also been given to contacts.

Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a rare but serious infection which occurs when the meningococcal bacteria invades the body from the throat or nose. It usually appears as meningitis or sepsis.

Five cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been reported in South Australia this year, compared to three cases recorded at the same time last year.

The four most common meningococcal types in Australia are B, C, W and Y and vaccines are available to protect against them.

Of the five cases reported in South Australia this year, all have been identified as type B.

A total of 12 cases were reported in the state in 2021, of which six were serogroup B and six were serogroup W.

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Camera IconFive cases of invasive meningococcal disease have been reported in South Australia this year. Credit: istock

Originally published as Teenager in hospital with meningococcal disease in South Australia

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