Toddler in serious condition after contracting meningococcal

A TWO-year-old boy is in a serious condition in an Adelaide hospital after being diagnosed with an unidentified strain of meningococcal.

SA Health released a statement this afternoon, confirming the toddler – who attends a metropolitan child care centre – had been diagnosed with the invasive disease.

Sixty-four people who are believed to have had contact with the child are being administered clearance antibiotics as a precaution.


It’s the 24th confirmed case of meningococcal in South Australia this year.

Of the 24 cases, 19 have been serogroup B, three serogroup W, and one serogroup Y.

The strain of the most recent case if yet to be identified.

SA Health said there were no links between this case and other recent cases.

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