Teen struck by meningo­coc­cal

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

A YOUNG woman is in a sta­ble con­di­tion in hos­pi­tal with a B strain meningo­coc­cal in­fec­tion – the sec­ond re­port in two days.

SA Health has iden­ti­fied mul­ti­ple peo­ple who had con­tact with the 18-year-old from met­ro­pol­i­tan Ade­laide. Six are re­ceiv­ing clear­ance an­tibi­otics.

On Thurs­day, an 18-mon­thold boy was taken to hos­pi­tal with the B strain of the po­ten­tially deadly dis­ease.

There have been 32 cases of meningo­coc­cal in­fec­tion in South Aus­tralia so far this year, com­pared with 35 cases at the same time last year.

No con­nec­tion has been es­tab­lished be­tween the lat­est case and any pre­vi­ous cases.

Of the 32, 26 have been the B strain, four the W strain and two the Y strain.

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