Two-Year-Old Adelaide Boy Hospitalised With Meningococcal Infection

A two-year-old boy from metropolitan Adelaide is in serious condition in the hospital after contracting a meningococcal infection.

The incident has prompted fears of potential spread at a Para Vista childcare centre.

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SA Health is coordinating with the childcare centre and has contacted all individuals who were in contact with the infected child. 

While the specific centre remains undisclosed, 64 people have been advised to take antibiotics as a precautionary measure. 

The strain of the meningococcal disease in this case is yet to be determined.

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection caused by Neisseria meningitidis. 

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South Australia has reported 24 cases of meningococcal disease this year, compared to 31 cases at the same time last year.

Among these, 19 were the B strain, three were the W strain, and one was the Y strain, with the latest case pending identification. 

No connections have been established between this and previous cases.

Health officials highlight the importance of vaccination and are working diligently to prevent further spread of the infection.

Parents are reminded that a free vaccination against the B strain is available for children aged six weeks to under four years.

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