Baby girl ‘critical’ after contracting meningococcal

A SEVEN-MONTH-OLD baby girl is fighting for her life in a South Australian hospital tonight after being diagnosed with invasive meningococcal disease.

SA Health released a statement today, confirming the news. The strain has not yet been identified.

Authorities have identified multiple people who had contact with the patient, and 11 of those people have been directed to receive clearance antibiotics.


It comes a day after SA Health revealed an 81-year-old woman from Adelaide was in a stable condition in hospital after she was diagnosed with the W strain of the disease.

There have been 17 cases of invasive meningococcal disease reported in South Australia so far this year, equal to the 17 cases recorded at the same time last year.

Of the 17 cases, 13 have been identified as serogroup B, two serogroup W, one serogroup Y.

No links have been established between these cases and other recent cases.

There were 36 cases of meningococcal disease in 2017: 22 were serogroup B, 11 were Serogroup W and three were serogroup Y.