A NINE-month-old baby has contracted the invasive meningococcal disease in Adelaide.
The infant is in hospital in a stable condition after being diagnosed with the meningococcal B strain.
Nine people who have been in contact with the baby have been administered clearance antibiotics.
Although the winter and spring months are commonly a higher risk for the disease, SA Health officials say there is no increased health risk to the public.
So far this year, 14 people have been diagnosed with meningococcal disease in South Australia.
Eight of the 14 cases have been B strain, four have been identified as the W strain and two have been Y.
In April this year sadly a SA toddler died from a suspected case of meningococcal disease.
93 percent of Australian parents believe that they know what meningococcal disease is, however on average nearly a third of Australian parents (28%) are not fully aware of the facts about the disease.
A national awareness campaign #KnowMeningococcal is launching in partnership with Kyly Clarke – mum to Kelsey Lee and wife of Aussie Cricket legend Michael Clarke – to encourage parents to know more about the devastating and potentially life-threatening bacterial infection.
3 Aussie families have recently shared their horrifying experience with meningococcal – read their stories here.
We hope the little one makes a speedy recovery. Please be aware of the symptoms so you can protect your loved ones.
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